Cruise Critic's 2013 Gift Guide: Tech
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Wireless Roll-up Keyboard for iPad
Type it out, roll it up, and cruise away. This wireless, Bluetooth keyboard is the perfect iPad or mobile device companion on the go. Made from lightweight, flexible silicone, it rolls up to fit easily in any carry-on. It's a handy cruising keyboard -- water-resistant with colorfast, non-fade lettering -- and comes with a USB-rechargeable battery. Compatible with a number of operating systems, it quickly pairs with your device and provides polite typing power with silent keys. We love the blue, pink and green candy colors, if you're looking to take a break from black. (Black is also available.)
Photo courtesy Brookstone.com
Pocket-Size Photo Lens System
If you crave a big zoom but have little room, the olloclip® pocket-size telephoto lens is a smart choice. The 2X magnifying and polarizing lens attaches effortlessly to your iPhone or iPod Touch and work with a number of apps, including olloclip®'s own. Offering depth of field, glare control and color enhancement, these tiny detachable lenses will turn your cell phone camera into professional quality equipment, allowing you to capture cruising memories in the best light. Microfiber holding bags double as lens cleaners.
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Many of us have invested in pricy sunglasses before -- whether it was for style, quality or protection. But have your shades ever shot HD video? Meet Pivothead, the company behind "wearable imaging." Anti-scratch, impact-resistant and 100 percent UV A/B/C-blocking, these spyglasses first serve as sunglasses, protecting your baby blues in a variety of colors and styles. The real value comes with your robot-like ability to shoot point-of-view video in high-quality resolution without sight or audio distortion. Fancy features like time-lapse burst shots, black-and-white video and still options will have you feeling like a mix between James Bond and Steven Spielberg.
Photo courtesy Pivothead.com
In the realm of recharging, vacations are great for the soul but killer on your electronics. A tangle of wires, unknown outlet availability and short battery life can all lead to a sad heap of dead devices when you're traveling. That's why this handy little charger, the size of a pack of gum, can save a single device (and maybe even the day) with a good charge and wireless connection. Three hours connected to a USB is all it needs to be there when you need a backup. For the price, this charger is hard to beat.
Photo courtesy Monoprice.com
inReach SE 2-Way Satellite Communicator
Frightening to some and positively delightful to others, you might never be "off the grid" again with DeLorme's inReach SE satellite communication device. Built to keep travelers and adventurers in touch in areas with little or no cellular service, this gadget provides texting capabilities of up to 160 characters to any cell phone number, e-mail address or social media page, and it also receives texts. Using the Earthmate app, it can pair wirelessly with Apple and Android devices and gain access to topographic maps and NOAA charts. Perhaps the most useful feature, GPS position updates allow family and friends to follow the user's trip as it happens by following "breadcrumbs," pinging a location or sending messages to the inReach owner from their own cell phones or mobile devices. In the event of an emergency, a built-in SOS button can be activated to trigger a distress alert. Annual satellite subscriptions begin at $9.95 per month.
Photo courtesy DeLorme.com
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