Travel Tech: Get Carried Away with These New Gadgets
Every day we hear about some new bit of technology that's meant to make the life of the global traveler just a little bit easier. Here are three we thought were worth writing about.
"Vegas Reality" -- Sin City, only better
Gay and lesbian travelers love Las Vegas. This nifty bit of software (for iPhone 3GS) is the city's first dedicated augmented reality app. Yes, it is as futuristic as it sounds. Simply download the app, launch it, then point your camera at any one of the locations loaded into the app and, voilå, the scene is augmented with additional information about that location. See above for an example of how the screen would look if you pointed it at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino. Note: The app is available through iTunes and only works for MGM properties. Click here for a list of hotels and casinos.
Talk about killing two birds with one stone, this protective iPhone sleeve also acts as an extra external charger. Anyone who's ever used an iPhone (I mean, really used one, including surfing, talking, sending pictures, etc), knows the battery life can, well, suck. I mean that literally. Power users suck the life out of the battery at a faster rate than casual users. Tekkeon says its "mypower for iPhone doubles iPhone battery life by automatically powering the connected device." It's an attractive case, too. Read more information here. Check out Amazon reviews here.
3 Fl. Oz -- TSA-friendly-sized products
One of the worst aspects of travel these days is packing liquids. Many travelers -- even sophisticated ones -- just throw up their hands, pack all their liquids, gels, lotions, and potions and check their bags whereas they used to just bring a carry on. But of course the airlines start charging ridiculous fees to check bags. What's a lotion-loving queer to do? A new company, 3 Fl. Oz comes to the rescue with TSA-friendly products in 3 oz sizes. And we're not talking crappy Duane Reade brands. These are top-of-the-line products for men and women. The men's kit includes Art of Shaving products. Phew, crisis solved!