Travel gadgets

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 July, 2011, 12:00am


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Parrot - Minikit Smart

Not every car you hire when you're on a trip will be equipped with a global positioning system, and checking directions on your smartphone all the time is risky. That's when a Bluetooth hands-free kit with a docking bay will come in handy. Designed to fit smartphone sizes ranging from 56mm to 70mm in width, it is compatible with all navigation software and all operating systems. A swivelling suction cup fixes the smartphone to the windscreen or the dashboard of the vehicle, while the magnet attached to the docking bay allows rotation and easy positioning. Pay HK$1,020 to stay on the right track while remaining reachable - and safe.

Powermat - Wireless Charging System and Receiver Case for iPhone 4

An iPhone 4 can make a good companion to keep you entertained while waiting for a flight, or offer information checking with its quick access to the internet - when the battery is charged, that is. Charging your iPhone 4 is made easy with this wireless charger and specially designed receiver case. Place an iPhone 4 wearing the receiver case on the Powermat, and they will 'communicate' to calculate the exact amount of power for the proper length of time to be delivered. Priced at HK$648, it also frees users from the hassle of messy cords and hunting for outlets when on the go.

Sony - NEX-C3

When travelling, you want to pack a camera that can take professional quality photographs without adding too much burden to your backpack. This compact and lightweight new model (HK$4,990) has a new in-camera Picture Effect option that lets users add special impacts such as 'retro photo', 'partial colour' and 'soft skin' to their still photo or high-definition video while shooting. It comes in black, silver and pink, and it is also equipped with the 3-D Sweep Panorama function, which allows users to capture extra-wide images in three dimensions, although you'll need a 3-D television to enjoy the outcome.