As more people find themselves traveling, whether for business or pleasure, demand increases for fun and practical gadgets that make the trips a little easier. For 2014, technology companies have pulled out all the stops to make sure travelers’ needs are met. Noise-canceling headphones have been taken to the next level, Bluetooth wireless speakers produce crystal-clear sound and Aero-trays help maximize tight spaces for airline passengers. Read on for the best technology gadgets for 2014.
1. Able Planet Linx Fusion Noise-Canceling Headphones
These headphones transmit audio through your ear, skin, and bone, producing crystal clear sound, despite any outside noise, according to Travel + Leisure. No need to stress about ear damage either — it’s at a volume that’s 70 decibels lower than standard headphones, which minimizes the risk of hurting your ears. It’s perfect for those moments on a long flight where you just want to drown out the background noise. They will be available in February for $350.
2. Mophie Space Pack
Say goodbye to airport charging stations. “Mophie’s latest essential addition to your travel arsenal not only doubles the battery life of your iPhone, it doubles the data storage — up to 32 gigabytes worth — creating enough space for all your media, be it movies and tunes for a 19-hour flight to Sydney or tons of vacation snaps,” according to Huffington Post. A companion app easily integrates with iTunes and your photo gallery, giving you the easy option to access and mange any of your files. Mophie will be available in March for $150.
You’ll be grateful for this when you’re crammed in economy class and need to get some work done. The Aero-Tray mounts securely onto your seatback tray with two elastic straps and nonslip rubber feet. It’s adjustable, and the bottom shelf and has a retractable beverage shelf that holds snacks and drinks at a safe distance way from electronics. It also doubles as a protective carrying case and is only $59.
4. Dish Anywhere Hopper Transfers
Hoping the day will arrive when you can access HBO GO abroad or on the plane? You may just be in luck if you’re a Dish subscriber, according to Travel + Leisure. You now have the option to use Dish’s sling-enabled HD DVR and the Dish Anywhere app to transfer recorded shows from any channel to your iPhone, iPad, Android Device, and soon, Kindle Fires. You then have the ability to watch them offline for around $30 per month.
5. Sekonix DLP Pico Keychain Projector
According to Huffington Post, “the world’s smallest projector is no bigger than a tea sandwich and can fit unobtrusively into almost any pocket or handbag, yet it’s still able to project movies or vacation videos onto any flat surface in DVD-quality resolution (no HD at this size — yet).” Interested? It’s expected to be out in the first half of 2014 for $199. All you need to do is plug it into your smartphone, tablet, or PC, and you’ll be watching movies in no time.
6. SkyView Travel Seatback Mount for Mobile Devices
Tired of holding your phone while watching a movie when you’re crammed between two other passengers on a flight? The new Skyview technology lets you put your phone into its base and then fit it over the seatback latch in front of you. You can also use the mount as a stand on your tray. The device, priced at around $30, works with many tablets, compact tablets, and e-readers, according to USA Today.
This works as both an AC adapter for your iPhone, iPad, and other USB-powered devices, and it’s also an external battery that can power your phone on one charge. It comes in fun, vibrant colors — yellow, red, blue, or black. The best news about this gadget is that you can charge your device and the Energi 2K’s battery at the same time, Travel + Leisure writes. It’s available midyear for $40.
Available in March for $2,000, the handheld consumer camcorder shoots in 4K, which is the top-of-the-line standard in televisions, Huffington Post writes. “That means even more realistic detail in those lavish panorama shots — four times the resolution of HD — whether viewed on Vimeo or a 50-inch-plus TV.”