Travel Technology for spring break
David DeCamillis from Platte River Networks shows us some must have gadgets for spring break.
LifeProof® frē Case (shown, case for iPhone5) -- $89.99
Whether you’re headed to the beach or a hiking trail, consider arming your mobile devices with cases designed to protect them from water, dirt, snow and drops, such as the LifeProof® frē Case. A broken screen or sand-filled smartphone could put a damper on your trip.
- Water Proof: fully submersible to 6.6 feet for 1 hour
- Dirt Proof: totally sealed from dirt, dust and sand
- Snow Proof: completely closed to snow and ice
- Shock Proof: endures drops of 4 feet
Delphi Connect (shown) – $99.99
Give your vehicle a voice so you know more about its health, location and past trips with Delphi Connect. Stay connected to your ride and get helpful information about your vehicle's operation. Use of the Delphi Connect requires activation on a Verizon plan and a separate $5 monthly Delphi Connect Subscription charge.
--Get Info on Your Vehicle's Health
Delphi Connect is a vehicle-diagnostic tool that works with most vehicles (cars, light trucks, SUVs and minivans) sold in the US beginning with the 1996 model year. Plug it into an OBD–II port to access vehicle diagnostic information such as battery life.
--Diagnose Vehicle–Diagnostic Codes
Before driving your vehicle to the mechanic because of a "check engine" light, use the Delphi Connect to get more information. The device can also provide details about battery voltage and fuel level.
--Your Smartphone as a Key Fob
Don't dig your keys out of your purse, pocket or briefcase; use your smartphone instead. You can duplicate the primary functions of your existing key fob (such as lock/unlock) with your smartphone or PC for most vehicles.
--Locate Your Vehicle
From getting latitude and longitude to tracking your vehicle's location on a map as it travels, Delphi Connect helps connect you to your vehicle. Use Delphi Connect to get information about trip time, idle time and distance traveled. You can also see your route on a map. Get updates every five seconds.
--Determine Where You Parked
Did you forget where you parked your car in that big outdoor lot? With Delphi Connect, use your mobile device to find where you parked. (Subject to GPS accuracy).
Delphi Connect with 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot (not shown in segment) - $199.99
--Take a Wi–Fi Hotspot on the Road
Passengers with Wi–Fi–enabled devices (up to five) can use your vehicle as a mobile office or entertainment space, as they surf the web, access the cloud or stream video at 4G LTE speed. Powered by your vehicle, the hotspot is available when the engine starts.
Use of this device requires activation on a Verizon plan and a separate $5 monthly Delphi Connect Subscription charge.
For more information on these products, stop by a Verizon Wireless retail store or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
From the Microsoft Store and Verizon:
Nokia Lumia Icon Windows Phone 8 $199 or $549
Camera: 20MP + HD Video
- Killer HD video. The Lumia Icon can record 1080p video and zoom in with the touch of a finger. The phone’s ZEISS lens and optical image stabilization help deliver sharp videos even during close-ups. It also comes with four high performance microphones and Nokia Rich Recording technology, designed to help filter out distracting background noises for crystal clear audio.
- 20-megapixel camera: This new Lumia also shines with still photography, and features a 20-megapixel camera with Nokia PureView technology.
- No-squint HD screen: The Icon’s 5-inch 1080p HD Gorilla Glass 3 display has a viewing angle of almost 180 degrees and glare-reduction technology, so you can watch your favorite shows, movies, or video clips even under sunny skies.
- The Icon is also Verizon’s first Windows Phone with a speedy quad-core processor. This 2.2 GHz engine not only helps power its great photo and video feature, but makes it ideal for Xbox gaming.
Great Travel Apps:
Don’t be fooled by those clouds. Download the iSunBurn app and get the UV Index forecast for wherever you happen to be. iSunBurn will tell you what SPF level of sunscreen you’ll need and how long it will take unprotected skin to burn. Keep your family safe and comfortable and make sure you always take appropriate precautions against overexposure to the sun, even when it’s cold out and even when the UV Index shows just moderate readings!
- Platform: iPhone
- Cost: $0.99
An enjoyable vacation starts with a well-organized suitcase and Packing Pro will make sure you have everything you need. Whether it’s tobagans, batteries or baby wipes, Packing Pro will make sure nothing gets left behind. Make your own list or use one of Packing Pro’s suggestions. Plus, with the new iCloud support, your lists can be accessed from any connected device, so you can add or delete items whenever you want. You can also edit your lists with Excel, Numbers, or Google Docs.
• Platform: iPhone, iPad Cost: $2.99
Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder
If exploring, backpacking, camping and hiking are on your list, then the Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app is a must. It will tell you the best spots in the U.S. for camping, swimming, hiking, boating or bird watching. It will even show you where the nearest frisbee golf course is! No matter what park or activity you have in mind, Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder will find it for you.
- Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Cost: Free
The amazing Google Translate app can instantly translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages. In many cases, you can just speak your phrases and have the translation spoken aloud back at you or the people you are with. You can pre-record and store previous translations for use when you are off line, or use many of the app’s standard phrases. There is even a full screen text mode for extended conversations. A must-have app for any traveler.
- Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Cost: Free