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12 travel gadgets for your next trip

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Traveling is cathartic. There is no other thing that will give you as much perspective as seeing the world.

People travel for different reasons. Whether it be for leisure or work (or you know, you’re just running away from something *ehem*heartbreak*ehem*), a good trip will always leave you refreshed and looking forward to the next grand adventure.

From mountains to foreign cities and new beaches, you must always make sure you travel prepared! Be it a short road trip or an intercontinental flight, make sure you have all bases covered with top tech we’ve picked out for you to travel with.

Snap Spectacles

These sunnies are not just great-looking, they have built in 180-degree cameras that automatically upload footage to the Snapchat app on your phone. Hands-free, fuss-free, and fashionable, these shades are perfect for every summer beach trip or city escapade you have planned. Now your ex will see every fun adventure you’re having without him or her.

Native Union Tag Cable

This stylish and unassuming bag tag is actually your Lightning cord. No need to worry about packing those long pesky cords and bothering to untangle them. This luxury leather accessory comes in black and tan.

Zhiyun Smooth 3

This smartphone stabilizer will ensure you have flawless and fluid smartphone footage. This useful tech has 14 hours of running time and real-time charging through the gimbal itself. You may not be emotionally stable yet but at least your videos will be!

Clip-on smartphone lenses

If you can’t be bothered to lug around a DSLR on your trip, consider buying these clip on lenses for your smartphone. These compact accessories allow you to take your travel photos from a different point of view. We all need a different perspective in life — and in love — every now and then.

Insta360 Camera

Capture the whole view and even stream it on Facebook Live! The nifty device clips on to your smartphone and allows you to preview photos and videos via the Insta360 app. This means your overanalyzing brain will get to see every detail.

RJ Electronics Armadillo Speakers

These portable speakers come in four different colors and are dust- and waterproof. Perfect for any adventure, these handy things are unbreakable, unlike you.

Nilkin Car Charger

For road trips of any length, it’s always good to have this wireless car charger. Never worry about driving without Waze again!

Romoss UPower Travel Mate

This powerbank has a built-in plug which means you don’t have to bring an additional cord to charge it during the trip. Less cords, less fuss — you don’t need to be attached at all.

Xiaomi Selfie Stick with Bluetooth Remote Shutter Tripod Holder

Sometimes you have to do things by yourself — including travel photos. Make sure you get the the best possible shots even when you have no one to take your photos for you. You are a strong, independent person and you won’t need anyone again!

Sony FDR-X3000

Make sure you have photos and videos of (quite literally) everything you do with this action cam. Bungee jumping? Click away! Snorkeling? Sure! Don’t let anything stop you from making memories. This camera makes sure you’re getting action. ?

ASUS ZenBook 3

For those who can’t travel without a computer, the ASUS ZenBook 3 is the perfect trip companion for you. It’s super light and thin which means it’s so much easier to bring.

Travel Home Wall Charger USB Plug

Let’s be honest: Hotel room plugs are never enough to charge all these devices! This multi-port USB wall plug solves that problem. Now you have choices, and I’m not just talking about this plug.

These are just a few of my top travel gadget picks. What technology do you swear by while on the road? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Cauldryn Fyre V2 is a smart mug you’ll want to own

This smart mug will make mornings easy

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Imagine a world where your coffee will brew itself upon your command. Well, folks, that world is real.

Of all the cool things we saw at CES 2018, it was this device that totally made our Vegas mornings.

The Cauldryn Fyre V2 is not your ordinary mug. This 16 ounce, stainless steel beauty keeps your beverage hot in a vacuum insulated bottle. The mug itself allows you to maintain a certain temperature all day so your coffee stays hot and your juice cold.

It also has Google Assistant! Now all you need to do is tell your mug to brew coffee and it will.

It’s fully modular — attachable accessories allow you to do so many things. You can choose to attach a blender and grind your own coffee beans; there’s a percolator accessory, a Bluetooth speaker base, and even a lantern with a bug zapper for outdoor adventures with your Cauldryn.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but true innovation happens when you can talk your water bottle into making you coffee.

MORE ON CES 2018: GadgetMatch LIVE coverage

SEE ALSO: 6 must-have products for your smart home

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Motorola outs new Moto Mods for productivity and health care

New Year, New Moto Mods

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Motorola is keeping their Moto Mod lineup updated with two new accessories: Lenovo Vital Moto Mod and Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod.

The Vital Mod from Motorola’s parent company is a health accessory which can accurately measure key vital signs including heart rate, respiratory rate, Pulse Ox, and core body temperature, as well as systolic and diastolic blood pressure from the finger. If you don’t want to carry your usual health kit with you, this Moto Mod is a smart alternative as long as, of course, you have a compatible Moto Z handset.

Users who likes to type on a physical keyboard will be fond of the Livermorium Slider Keyboard. This accessory is the grand prize winner of Moto’s first Transform the Smartphone Challenge in partnership with Indiegogo. It features a full QWERTY keyboard and tilts the phone up to 60 degrees for easier typing when on the go.

Motorola will have the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod on sale sometime before March for US$ 99, while the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod will be available for purchase in April for US$ 395. If you have a Moto Z, you can also check out these products and more on the Moto Z Market app which is available in the Google Play Store in countries where the phone is for sale.

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LG’s new projector throws a 150-inch 4K screen to your wall

Can play HDR video!

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While TV screens are continually getting bigger, LG hasn’t given up on the projector market. At CES 2018, the company is bringing a new 4K projector that breaks barriers without breaking wallets.

The LG HU80K is the company’s first 4K UHD projector. It promises ultra-sharp and vibrant images that rival those in the UHD TV segment. The tech’s promise has already garnered it a Best of Innovation award at CES.

The home-ready system can deliver up to a 150-inch screen at a blazing 2,500 lumens. At its size, the projector can easily playback videos at Blu-ray resolution. In addition, it’s compatible with HDR 10, allowing for images that will make you reconsider your TV purchases.

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Despite its power, the HU80K is designed to be smaller than its competitors. The reduced size allows for a more conservative price that shouldn’t break the bank. Concept images also hint that the projector is capable of short-throw usage.

Its upright design makes the projector compatible with both portable and mounted use. Those who prefer the projector on a stand will enjoy the included carrying handle and Auto Cord feature. The Mirror Reflector may also act as a cover for the lens when the projector isn’t in use. A pair of built-in 7W speakers negates the need for an external sound bar or speaker system.

As for content, the HU80K comes with LG’s webOS 3.5 interface. The system enables access to the standard array of streaming services. The device is also compatible with USB, Ethernet, and HDMI cables. It also includes wireless support for keyboards and mice.

The LG HU80K projector joins LG’s new audio options and smart kitchen appliances on display at CES 2018.

SEE ALSO: LG builds a smart kitchen that ‘talks’ to you and your home

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