Gadgets: Making travel easier


Finders (not)keepers
According to Luggage Hunters,
80 per cent of people will try to return something they find to its owner. That’s where a Luggage Hunter tag comes into play. It’s a smart, cheap, secure way to let someone get your once lost, now found item back to you. You buy a pack of tags which have a unique code. Register online with your mobile phone details and stick on the tag. If it’s found wandering the luggage carousels or pavement of some distant city, the finder goes to the website where they can send a text instantly to your mobile with its location. The SMS cost is included and it works across a babel of languages. And it’s an innovative solution from an Irish company.
From €5.95, at luggage

On the go, solo
The Segway – you know, looks like you’re standing on a moving lawnmower – has never made big inroads here, though recently I’ve spotted a couple of gardaí on them around Dublin. InMotion is launching a new consumer version which is about a third of the weight and price of a conventional Segway. Steering and control is still by leaning, but there’s an app for that too, which apparently lets you summon it in Knight Rider fashion.
From €1,800, see

A case of memory juice
Plenty of iPhone 4 and 4s users found power salvation in Mophie battery cases, and its next generation Space Pack for the 5/5s has another trick up its sleeve. Not only does the case give you 100 per cent more juice, it can offer up to 32GB of extra memory storage to access through its app. It’ll take the edge off a drop too.
From $150 (€110) for 16GB, available March,
Tom Kelly

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