Planned that holiday for the second half of the year? Well here are some nifty travel gadgets to make your trip just a little easier and exciting whether you are making memories through photos or just need a fresh cup of coffee wherever you are.
AIRSELFIE | WHEN A SELFIE STICK IS JUST NOT THAT COOL ANYMORE
Embarrassed to use a selfie stick and to heavy to carry a drone for those travel photos? Look no further than the first pocket-sized flying camera to snap your group pictures and scenic landscape called the AirSelfie.
This gadget is basically a 5-megapixel video camera that is connected to four propellers and can fly up vertically to 66 feet. The camera connects to your smartphone via its built-in WIFI and is compatible with many popular phone brands like iPhone and Samsung. You control the device by downloading a free app that features three different flight modes.
When you are snapping your picture, the burst feature allows up to eight consecutive shots which are stored in a 4GB micro SD memory card. Light, portable and rechargeable, this travel gadget is a must have for those photography enthusiast that never want to miss a shot.
Approx price: RM1190 with additional cover www.airselfiecamera.com
HP SPROCKET PHOTO PRINTER | WHEN YOU WANT TO SHARE PHYSICAL PHOTOS INSTANTLY
Say you made a new friend while travelling and you snap a photo together. Why not share the picture instantly by printing it on a handy mini printer by HP? The HP Sprocket Photo Printer is the size of a cell phone or the palm of your hand and weighs a mere 6 ounces, making it easy to slip into your bag. No ink is required as the photos print on Zink- compatible photo paper, though the tray can only store 1 paper at a time.
The app is downloaded through the app store where Bluetooth technology is used to connect the device to your smartphone or tablet. The HP Sprocket app even allows you to customize your photos with filters and fonts before print and can also hook up with your social media accounts to print your existing online photos.
Approx price: RM553 www.store.hp.com
MICRO | WHEN YOU GET FRUSTRATED THAT WALL PLUGS ARE DIFFERENT AROUND THE WORLD
Keeping your gadgets juiced up for everyday consumption is crucial but when you are travelling abroad, you may get into a fickle with the different shapes of electrical plugs. Micro is your charger’s best friend, a space-saving universal adaptor that is compatible in more than 150 countries.
It is 2.5 times smaller than your average market adaptor, equipped with an adjustable built-in casing to cover the third of any three-prong plug for safety. The double pins are spring loaded with an easy button to push for release. Storing only requires you to push it back in and lock it for security and easy storage. Plus avoid any electrical surges as the Micro has a changeable built-in fuse to keep your gadgets safe.
MINIPRESSO | WHEN YOU NEED A COFFEE FIX IN THE MOST REMOTE OF PLACES
Let me introduce to you a hand-powered portable espresso machine that looks like your average beverage tumbler. Compact and portable, the Minipresso requires no plugs as the gadget has a semi-automatic piston that creates enough pressure to make you a fresh cup of joe with just a few pumps.
It comes with a 70ml water tank but you can purchase the extension pack for a bigger water tank that can hold another 120ml. Besides extracting coffee from standard coffee grounds, the Minipresso also comes in an option using Nespresso and Caffitaly coffee capsules for a more variety of flavours wherever you go.
Approx price: RM252 www.wacaco.com