Gadgets: making travel easier
Smart ski gloves, mighty purses and the gold standard of glasses
GPS Ski Gloves
Nowadays, one almost has to make a conscious effort to get lost. Cameras often embed GPS data in their images. Smartphones have turn-by-turn instructions. And these ski gloves give your location, altitude, distance skied and even speed, all displayed on an integrated screen. Powered by an L-ion battery, a full charge is said to give up to 20 hours of data.
€347 from fancy.com
The smart phone is a hungry beast when it come to its battery. Those big screens just gobble up charge. The Mighty Purse has a discreet, built-in power pack to recharge your battery. Plug in your phone and the high capacity L-ion battery can recharge it fully up to two times. That’d be a long night out. It comes in a couple of different styles and is compatible with iPhones old and new and micro USBs. Though I just can’t help wondering if the Mighty Purse might be a man’s idea of a “practical” design for a woman’s fashion accessory: those worlds won’t always intersect.
€102 from firebox.com
Gold Ray-Ban Aviators
Strictly speaking, not a gadget, though the spec and quality of a pair of authentic Aviators combined with their classic design, make them the gold standard of sunglasses for any traveller. So how to, em, improve, on the gold standard? Well, why not make them out of gold. That’s 18-karat gold, in a 1,200 pair limited edition version, each numbered. The lenses are still in polarised, Neophron green for the crisp vision and clarity you’d expect from pilots’ go-to shades.
$3,200 at ray-ban.com