Staying Entertained on the Road

Staying Entertained on the Road

With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy some high-tech gadget entertainment thanks to devices like smartphones, tablets and portable video game systems. Hotels, like Hyatt Place hotels, are helping make stays more enjoyable for modern travelers and families with amenities like free in-room Wi-Fi and ample USB ports as well. Put the two together, and you’ll discover that downloading and enjoying music, movies and on-demand shows is more seamless and simpler than ever.

As a response to the requests we received through the Hyatt Place Seamless Travel Series, I’ve developed a list of the of the latest and greatest gadgets to keep you busy on the road, and keep the fun chugging merrily along, whether you’re cruising to your next destination via plane, train or automobile.

Lenovo IdeaPad A10

www.lenovo.com

Many tablet PCs offer vibrant HD screens, hyper-intuitive user interfaces and enough computing horsepower to play just about any clever new app you could imagine. But this affordable Android model also offers something that many value-priced rivals don’t: Dolby stereo speakers that make music sound more warm and vivid than anything you’d expect to hear from such a compact and lightweight carry-on. If you’re an audiophile, be sure to check it out. One listen is all it takes to hear the difference.

PS Vita

www.playstation.com

Players of all ages can enjoy video games on laptops, tablets and smartphones of every kind. But this supercharged handheldunit is the closest you can come to experiencing the power of your favorite set-top device to go without packing a PlayStation 4 along. Connect to the free in-room Wi-Fi available at hotels like Hyatt Place, and you can even seamlessly access favorite Internet and social media services such as YouTube and Facebook, or stream movies from Netflix. With hundreds of software titles available from a colorful puzzler to a soccer simulator, you’ll find plenty of great excuses to keep those thumbs moving.

Garmin Forerunner 15

www.garmin.com

Stepping out for an occasional jog is a great way to sightsee, better get to know the places you visit and stay fit while on the road. Strap on this connected sports watch, which tracks the number of steps you take and how far you travel each day, and you’ll have plenty of incentive to hit the ground running. Capable ofhelping you set daily activity goals, and plot workout plans accordingly, just give it a quick charge from one of your hotel room’s USB ports, slap it onto your wrist and off you go. Literally.

Samsung ATIV Book 9

www.samsung.com

Want to stay in for the night and curl up with a great flick, or browse the best that the Internet has to offer? This slim and stylish all-purpose ultrabook, which combines the best features of tablet PCs and notebook computers, is just the ticket. Boasting a sporty HD touchscreen, and easily connected to free Wi-Fi so you can access streaming movie and music services, it also offers speedy Web surfing capabilities. Pack it along on your travels, and you can enjoy a convenient solution for staying productive and entertained on the road for hours on end thanks to the system’s considerable battery life.

DC Comics

www.dccomics.com

From Batman to Wonder Woman, all it takes is a tap to make dozens of classic superheroes spring to life on your Apple or Android device. Just load up this nifty app, choose a comic to purchase and read, and you’re set for the better part of any flight. All sorts of favorite titles are available for browsing, including all-star turns by caped crusaders like Superman, the Justice League and Green Lantern, and parsing each issue isa breeze since you can swipe between pages and panels in seconds. In short, it’s like having an entire comics shop right there along with you in your backpack.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850

www.getolympus.com

Why settle for any old digital camera when you can grab one that’s waterproof, freeze-proof, shockproof, and otherwise “ruggedized” to withstand just about any other form of extreme travel you can throw at it? A novel tilting LCD screen also provides entirely new perspective on shots, so you can climb up on rocks or submerge the device in water, as well as snap one of a kind images from a number of eye-opening angles. Vacationerswill especially appreciate this surprisingly cost-conscious camera’s high-speed capture capabilities and wide-angle lens, great for grabbing shots of national parks or squealing toddlers sprinting by after downing a popsicle or five.

This post was sponsored by Hyatt Place as part of its Seamless Travel Series. The opinions are my own and based on my experience.

Top 5 Tech Must-Haves for Travel in 2014

11 February, 2014 Life No comments
Top 5 Tech Must-Haves for Travel in 2014

With travel a growing part of business and daily life in 2014, it’s only natural that technology would be going more seamless and mobile to match. Brands are recognizing the need and Hyatt Place is leading the way for hotels. Hyatt Place has transformed the on-the-road experience in much the same way that leading innovators have transformed technology through added convenience, by providing free Wi-Fi and swiveling 42” flat screen TVs with USB charging ports custom-tailored to offer an experience that’s just right for modern travelers.

Designed to help you easily keep in touch with colleagues or loved ones, and boost productivity and entertainment while on the road, a variety of new portable gadgets reflect this growingly uncomplicated mentality. Following, you’ll find five of the best gadgets for business travelers in 2014, featuring top devices from CES and beyond, perfect for packing into any carry-on.

Polaroid Socialmatic

www.socialmatic.com

This revisiting of the classic camera updates its iconic design and fast-turn photos for the 21st century, transforming it into a 14MP Android app-enabled digital shooter with 4.5-inch LCD touchscreen display. Owners can easily share photos on social networks or print small snapshots in seconds, making it an excellent excuse to get out and explore scenic locales.

Mophie Space Pack

www.mophie.com

Everyone’s on the run these days. Save yourself from having to sprint for a power outlet with this combination battery life extender case and portable storage solution for the iPhone. Not only does it roughly double your smartphone’s battery life, but also offers up to 32GB of additional storage so you  can cram in hours of additional video, or thousands of photos and songs.

Pebble Steel

www.getpebble.com

Time to wake up and grab an a.m. Kitchen Skillet? Wondering what’s in the news? Want to pay for a cup of coffee right from your wrist? This app-powered “smart watch” – a mini-computer for your wrist styled after classic men’s watches – offers a high-tech way to keep the time, and keep up with the latest innovations.

Airtame

www.airtame.com

Here’s the scenario: You’re resting in the cozy corner of a spacious Hyatt Place room, when the office calls, requesting that you create a presentation for a key client ASAP. Rather than squint a tiny laptop screen, just plug this accessory into an HDMI port on your monitor or TV, and you can wirelessly stream your screen right to its display. Problem solved!

Jaybird Reign

www.jaybirdsport.com

It’s not easy to stay fit on the road. But with this fitness tracker – an electronic wristband that tracks physical activity, monitors health, and suggests when to step it up or dial back on activity – you’ll always stay in stride. Seamless and uncomplicated, it’s exactly how every experience (the travel experience, working experiences, your entertainment experience, etc.) should be.

This post was sponsored by Hyatt Place as part of its Seamless Travel Series. The opinions are my own and based on my experience.

High-Tech Holidays: 2014 Wish Lists

High-Tech Holidays: 2014 Wish Lists

Even if you’re not a self-professed gearhead or gadget enthusiast, it’s impossible to avoid technology’s growing influence: From smartphones to tablets, streaming media extenders to cutting-edge gaming systems, high-tech advancements are increasingly permeating all facets of everyday life. Happily, as a working parent, business owner, and longtime fan of consumer electronics, I’m pleased to say that it continues to open doors for today’s end-user – literally hundreds of options in every connected category now offer incredible (and incredibly accessible and affordable) ways to work, play and have more fun. Being a practical man though, I’m all about picking the mobile devices and gadgets that are laser-focused on everyday value. As you can see from some recent collections of awe-inspiring new gadgets and accessories we’ve assembled, the key to picking the right high-tech gear is choosing the gizmos, accessories and features that make life simpler and more enjoyable on a day-to-day basis.

With so many options to pick from in every area of consumer electronics from HDTVs to digital cameras, we already try to strike a balance in terms of performance and practicality when it comes to helping friends and family compile their wish lists for the 2014 holiday season. As you’ll quickly see from top reviewed picks such as the iPad Air, PlayStation 4 and Garmin nuvi 3597LMT HD, most of our selections offer a wide array of both entertaining and practical uses, and are continually being expanded via additional software downloads. (Many free of charge – score!) You, see when it comes to choosing the best technology gifts for the holidays, it’s important to focus on maximizing bang for the buck, and buying devices that not only serve a variety of exciting functions from social networking to beaming down streaming videos, but can also double in place of other gadgets. If you take a look at some of the recent suggestions we’ve compiled (you can see several collections at eBay, where we’ll be regularly updating readers with recommended picks) from the best travel gadgets to innovative new ways to work and play, you may notice a running theme. Specifically, that all include selections that don’t just meet a variety of needs and interests, and boast features you’re likely to use on a running basis, but also are easily expandable to become even more entertaining and useful over time.

If you’re buying on a budget, no need to fear either: Plenty of chic smartphones, eye-catching tablet PCs and accessories, and high-tech toys for kids of all ages can help get you connected. And if you look online, you’ll notice a promising trend: More and more great options are available to choose from with each passing day, and quickly falling in price. Whether it’s a Kindle Fire HDX tablet or Beats by Dre Studio set of headphones that’s caught your eye, a quick glance online reveals dozens of deals available in every category, so you can pick up some serious high-end hardware without breaking the bank. Better yet, it’s not just actual devices that are getting an upgrade either. As with downloadable apps, courtesy of growing online and Internet multiplayer capabilities, today’s best video games and family-friendly game choices for every system no longer end, but rather begin with what’s in the box instead. Across the board, these upgrades add up to devices, online services and apps that are more compelling, more varied, and more useful with each passing day.

Moreover, you don’t have to be a self-professed geek to get the most out of any of these choices either. Thanks to the growing popularity of touch-screens, hyper-intuitive applications and speedy setup procedures, users of every experience level will quickly find today’s top mobile devices and gadgets increasingly simple to enjoy. So if you haven’t put high-tech gear and accessories on your list of top picks for friends and family this year, I highly recommend doing so. You’d be amazed just how much of a hit technology can be with all interests and ages – and how much the entire gang will get out of the experience. As an added bonus, thanks to widespread Internet access, growing availability of streaming media and increasing social network and sharing capabilities, realize – most devices make for gifts that keep on giving.

We invite you to stay tuned throughout the holidays as we continue to bring you a growing selection of top choices to keep an eye on, and make the gift-giving process easier. To keep up with many of our favorites and share your own collections, be sure to stay tuned to our top picks, which we’ll continue to post at eBay, and check back regularly over here at TechSavvyMag.com as well. Stick around, and you may be surprised at just what kind of sparkle the season has to offer. We’re thrilled and delighted to help share these highlights with you and yours – especially with so many great gadgets now easily affordable and accessible to a skyrocketing number of enthusiasts.

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