5 must-have devices to you seamlessly blend work and travel this summer

Go-to gadgets: 5 must-have devices to you seamlessly blend work and travel this summer

Summer time is travel time.

Whether heading to the cottage, a wilderness camping adventure, family road trip or exotic overseas excursion, small business owners need to stay connected, no matter where your travels take you.

We’ve rounded up five go-to gadgets that should make the trip with you this summer if you plan to stay productive.

1. goTenna Mesh


If your travel plans take you way off the beaten path, goTenna Mesh can keep your Android or iOS devices connected even in locations where there is no cellular service. The pocket-sized device pairs with your smartphone via an app to enable communication among users without reliance on cell towers, WiFi routers, or satellites. Additionally, goTenna Mesh enables automatic and private message relay, effectively doubling or tripling any device’s effective range, creating a network which actually gets stronger the more people join it.

2. Anker Jump Starter / Portable Charger

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When your road trip does double duty as a work trip, your gadgets need to do double duty as well. Anker’s portable charger / jump starter saves you from the dangers of dead batteries in both your mobile devices and your car.

The car battery jump starter is compact enough to fit in your glove box and comes equipped with two USB ports to charge phones, tablets, and other gadgets on the go.

3. Apple AirPort Express

Apple AirPort Express

Hard to believe so many hotels still charge for WiFi these days or worse yet, provide instructions on how to connect to their network with an Ethernet cable.

With Apple’s AirPort Express, you can create your own secure wireless network by simply plugging the hotel’s DSL cable into the device. AirPort Express also features a built-in firewall to keep your network secure.

4. TripLingo


Pocket translator gadgets seemed like an indispensable travel tool when they first appeared on the market, but quickly became redundant thanks to near-universal adoption of smartphones.

Apps are now the go-to choice for those travelling and working abroad, offering real time translation and so much more. TripLingo bills itself as the ultimate tool for international travelers, helping you learn essential phrases, instantly translating your voice or connecting to a live translator, and even offering a crash course on the local culture.

You can even avoid roaming fees with the app’s WiFi dialer, which allows you make free international calls when connected to Wi-Fi.

5. Tumi Electric Grounded Adapter With USB

Tumi Electric Grounded Adapter With USB

Looking for a safe and convenient way to power your tech toys and mobile office essentials while travelling abroad?

The Tumi Electric Grounded Adapter with USB offers four different plug configurations, works in 150 countries and is suitable for use with most 2-pole and 3-pole plugs. The compact adapter has a retractable plug and comes with a durable, travel safe storage case.

10 Wearables You Haven’t Heard Of…Yet

Smart socks

smart socks

The key to better health might be found in your feet. Sensoria’s Fitness Socks are infused with textile sensors and come with a detachable Bluetooth anklet to create a next generation health tracker designed specifically for runners. Like other fitness wearables, Fitness Socks track step, speed, calories, altitude and distance but also monitor cadence and foot landing technique as you run. Not only does this feature help identify injury-prone running styles (heel striking, ball striking, etc.), it uses a mobile app to coach the runner via real-time audio cues.

Mood boosting bracelet


Need an energy boost? Want to relax? There’s an app for that, connected to a new wristband called doppel. The device, which debuted at CES 2017, claims to work with your body’s natural response to rhythm to change how you feel on demand. doppel creates a rhythmic pulse that is felt on the inside of the wrist as a heartbeat-like vibration. A faster rhythm makes us feel more alert, while a slower one calms us down. There’s a mobile app to track and store your personal rhythms, which are linked to your resting heart rate.

Personal protection


If you carry your phone on your belt or in your pants pocket beware. You could be exposing your most personal parts to the electromagnetic radiation they admit. While there is little compelling evidence definitively linking this type of radiation to disease, a Toronto company has a novel solution for those not willing to take a risk. Billed as the “ultimate underwear,” Riparo’s EMF blocking boxer briefs blend silver with the standard cotton and polyester to block low level cellphone radiation. No word if a women’s product is on the horizon.

A watch that watches out for you


Is it a watch? A fitness tracker? It’s the CarePredict Tempo, a wearable sensor that helps senior living staff and home care providers identify small changes in their patients’ daily activities that could be precursors to serious health concerns. The device learns each individual’s normal daily activity patterns and wirelessly alerts caregivers about significant variations like not waking at the typical time, eating less than usual, abnormal repetition of activities, or restless sleep.

A better bra


Can a bra lead to better breast health? Cyrcadia Health thinks so. Its iTBra consists of two wearable, comfortable intelligent breast patches which detect abnormal circadian temperature changes within breast tissue. Data collected by the iTBra can then be sent directly to Cyrcadia Health’s lab for analysis via a PC or smart phone app. The company believes that better monitoring can lead to earlier detection of breast health issues, providing women with more treatment options.

Diagnostic Dentures

Twenty-five percent of adults age 60 and older in the U.S. have lost all their natural teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and approximately 20 million Americans wear full or partial dentures. Unfortunately, at least half of denture wearers experience problems with fit. Researchers at the University of Florida have patented the Multifunctional Smart Denture, which features micro-sensors to detect problems which lead to poor fit: gaps between the denture and oral tissue; stress, strain; pressure; movement; and temperature.  But that’s not all. The sensors have the potential to be used for more advanced applications, such as monitoring pH levels, glucose and other chemicals in the saliva to detect health issues, and to deliver medication.

Bluetooth baby booties


New parents have long relied on baby monitors for peace of mind but today’s monitors go far beyond seeing and hearing baby’s movements in the middle of the night. The Owlet Smart Sock 2 is a hypoallergenic cotton booty which allows parents to track their infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep. If the results fall outside a predetermined range, parents get a notification on their smartphones.

Fitness tracker for your furry friend


If you’re a FitBit fan who worries about your pet’s health, the PetPace may be for you. This state-of-the-art smart collar continuously collects a pet’s vital signs to warn owners about potential signs of illness, stress or other health-related problems. The PetPace uses non-invasive sensors to track temperature, activity, pulse, respiration, positions, calories consumed and burned, and heart-rate variations. It is lightweight, waterproof and comes in three sizes.

Breathalyser on board


Ready for another round or time to call it a night? BACtrack Skyn, billed as the world’s first wearable alcohol monitor, may help you make up your mind. The device works as a standalone wearable or with the Apple Watch to continuously track alcohol levels in real time. Users get a notification when their alcohol level is increasing to remind them to slow down or stop drinking. More importantly, it provides users with clear, objective data to determine if their alcohol levels are above the legal limit for driving.

Connected clothing


Now this is a wearable you can really wear! The Hexoskin Smart Shirt was designed to give the wearer insight about their physical training, sleep, and personal daily activities. Sensors woven into the fabric measure biometric data including heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing rate, breathing volume, steps, pace, activity intensity level, and sleep. It can be paired with Hexoskin’s smartphone app and works via Bluetooth to provide analytics in real time.

Top 10 Home Office Gifts and Gadgets


‘Tis the season of giving! If your list includes someone who works from home, we’ve got your last-minute shopping covered with 10 terrific home office gifts and gadgets.

  1. Double duty desk

If your home is short on space, the Hub27 is just what you need to create a convenient home office in any room. This sleek organizer also doubles as a wall-mounted standing desk; just flip its door down to create a handy work surface with a built-in channel to plug in & charge all your devices—laptops, phones or tablets.

  1. A bright idea

Work and focus without the harsh glare, distortion and fatigue other light sources may cause. Ottlite lighting is expertly engineered to bring the quality of natural daylight indoors so you can see everything more clearly and comfortably, even when working into the wee hours.

  1. Nurture your inner neat freak

With storage solutions as sturdy and attractive as these boxes from Knock Knock, there’s no need to need to let office clutter take over your home. You’ll save your sanity and your documents will stay safe from hungry dogs, sticky toddler fingers and, of course, prying eyes.

  1. Noise cancelling beyond compare

Sometimes the hardest thing about working from home is drowning out the many distractions. Let Sony eliminate them for you with its MDR-1000X noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones. Enjoy working in super silence or tailor the sound to your environment.

  1. Fashionable filing

When your living space does double duty as work space, it makes sense to have office furniture that works well in both environments too. We love these functional, yet fashionable, filing cabinets that looks great with any décor style.

  1. Pump up the volume

Nothing is more frustrating than struggling to hear when working handsfree on your smartphone. Never miss a key client’s question again thanks to Trobla – a simple and stylish wooden amplifier that enhances your phone’s sound without batteries or electronic components.

  1. You’re getting warmer

The most valuable home-office tool just might be coffee. In that case, the second-most important tool should be a desktop mug warmer to ensure your cup of caffeinated magic stays at peak temperature. Some models even use the USB port on your laptop for portable warming power anywhere.

  1. More power please

Wi-Fi dead zones slow down more than your favourite Netflix shows. If you’re working from home, weak Wi-Fi can definitely disrupt your workday. Boost your power and productivity with a range extender like the D-Link DAP 1620. It works with any existing Wi-Fi network to extend coverage throughout your home and even your backyard, and it can also improve download speeds.

  1. Sit Smarter

We’ve all read about the dangers long periods of sitting each day can pose to our health. When not sitting is not an option at your job, the ultimate office chair is the next-best solution. CoreChair claims to be a more healthy, active seating solution that combines freedom of movement with optimum postural support.

  1. No computer, no drivers, no cables, no problem!

A good scanner is an indispensable tool for any home office. The average scanner can help you avoid mountains of paperwork, safely and securely create digital files, reduce costs and minimize your impact on the environment. But the Ambir nScan 915i is a network document scanner far more than the average scanner. This wireless workhorse fits into any space and allows you to easily scan and deliver documents to email, network share (SMB), online storage, mobile and tablet devices, PC or Mac, and USB drives with the touch of a button.