Some travelers embrace them while others loathe them, but it’s hard to deny that gadgets make traveling easier and more enjoyable. Most of these gadgets come out during our long commutes to and from our travel destinations. Here are 3 brand new gadgets from 3 giants of technology, all designed to make your next trip more enjoyable.
Amazon Kindle Oasis
The Kindle has been around for 10 years now, and even though the market is flooded with tablets and smartphones the Kindle is still a top choice for those that prefer eBooks. It’s especially prevalent in the bags of travelers. The newest model is the Kindle Oasis. This new reader has improved upon virtually every element. It has a larger display, audiobook playback capabilities via Bluetooth headphones and perhaps the biggest new feature is that the Oasis is waterproof–a major perk for travelers heading to beach destinations.
Google Pixel Buds
A good set of in-the-ear buds are pretty essential to the serious traveler. Many folks go with the Apple AirPods, but Google’s new Pixel Buds offer some pretty stellar features that you won’t find with the Apple counterparts. First off, the Pixel Buds are wireless and they hold a charge for a long time, keeping you pleasantly engaged (or disengaged if you happen to be seated next to an annoying co-traveler) for your entire flight. Perhaps the coolest feature that sets the Pixel Buds apart from Apple AirPods is the real-time language translation. If you happen to have a Pixel 2 Smartphone, you can bring up the Google Translate app, say something in English and the phone will automatically translate into the language of your choice. When your new friend responds in their native language you’ll automatically hear the translated reply in the earbuds.
Facebook Oculus Go
The new Oculus Go is more compact and affordable version of the popular Oculus Rift. The Go is a complete virtual reality package, with a fantastic display, integrated headphones, and a portable controller. What’s great about the Go is you don’t need a PC or Smartphone to enjoy the experience. Plus, the $199 price tag is pretty darn attractive. If you’re looking to disconnect from everyone else on your flight while you enjoy an ever-growing selection of games and movies, the Oculus Go is one gadget that should definitely make its way into your carry-on bag.