Travel Gear by Tom Kelly
Ember Moc’s cosy alternative, FrontRow wearable camera, Tern GSD eBike
Teva Ember Moc
Teva is something of a go-to name for adventuresome, stay-on sandals. Indeed its first shoes used a Velcro watch strap improvised to a regular flip-flop. The Ember Moc has been launched as part sleeping bag, part runner, offering a cosier alternative for chilly camping nights or perhaps hostel or tea lodge lounging of an evening. So it’s got quilted ripstop nylon over a rubber outsole, with a slip-on collapsible heel. Comfy.
€70 from teva-eu.com
FrontRow Wearable Lifestyle Camera
FrontRow is a point of view, wearable camera for video-journaling life, either as a live stream or by creating a “time-lapse” story. It’s mounted on a clip or can hang on a lanyard or chain in medallion-cam style (it even comes in rose gold). Running Android, FrontRow’s got built-in Wifi and Bluetooth, with direct streaming links to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The reverse features an LCD touchscreen with playback and controls. Fully-charged, you’ll get 100 minutes streaming or up to 16 hours if shooting in Story Mode time-lapse.. Why wait to share that holiday slide-show?: stream it live.
$500 from amazon.com
Tern GSD Cargo eBike
An electric cargo bike to save the legwork seems smart, but the e-motor tech had to catch up. Now Taiwanese brand, Tern has designed the GSD. Built for up to two kids or a trolley-load of cargo (as much as 180kg/400lbs), it’s still only as long as a standard bike. Bosch provides the power and you can pair two batteries for up to 250km range. The GSD also folds down by two thirds to stash away, while all sorts of accessories can configure your ride. It’s not bargain-basement, but a longer term view versus motoring costs, never mind any eco/health benefits, may make the maths more attractive.
Around €4,000, see ternbicycles.com for details