The age-old discussion surrounding whether technology helps or hinders travel is commonplace these days. As the tech-revolution thrives and more elaborate tech floods the travel scene, there’s seemingly no end to the way you can enhance your travel experiences through technological advancements.
This debate also splits the Black Tomato team – from the technological traditionalists who consider anything more than an SLR a sin, to our millennial cohort who manage to multitask their drone photography, virtual reality headsets and selfie-sticks with ease. Personally we think there’s room for both, as long as you don’t take too much away from your experience. That’s why we’ve decided to make a monthly list of our favourite pieces of travel tech. This month we have a
drone camera that flies itself, a gadget that gives you super hearing and a clip-on camera that will up your Instagram game…
An advancement that has left our Epic Tomato team shuddering with boyish excitement, Lifestraw makes contaminated water safe to drink in real-time. Used literally like a straw, simply dip Lifestraw into any fresh water source (it doesn’t work with salt water) and slurp away. As well as removing 99.9% of bacteria, Lifestraw incorporates a carbon capsule that reduces chlorine, bad taste and odour. A LifeStraw is perfect for any adventure, but we really love this product because each sale goes toward the purchase of Lifestraw Community purifiers, which are distributed to schools in developing communities. The result: each straw sold provides safe water for one child in a developing community for an entire school year.
Learn more about Lifestraw here.
A drone that flies itself, what more do we need to say? Well, actually we need to say that it’s not a drone at all. The creators of this self-shooting wonder are keen that people refer to it as a camera, not a drone. The camera starts recording as soon as you throw it the air and follows your every movement using a clever self-tracking device which is built inside. Lily is available for pre-order now and is due to launch this summer 2016. Don’t miss out.
Pre-order Lily here.
Winner of Time Magazine’s ‘Best Invention of 2015’, these earphones with a difference are set to take the world by storm. Pioneering incredible new noise-cancelling technology that allows you to personally modify the sounds of the world around you, Here Plus can change the way you hear the world. Whether you want to increase the volume of a herd of lions on safari or stifle the crying baby in seat 52a, these revolutionary earbuds have their own WiFi and allow you to modify all external noises via an app. So whether you have problems sleeping in transit or are simply looking for more clarity, this wearable tech can reinvent your travel experience.
Learn more about Here Plus here.
OLLOCLIP – ACTIVE LENS
One for the Instagrammers. Olloclip’s clip-on lenses have the power to elevate your Instagram game from standard to sensational. The Active Lens embodies what this innovative smartphone accessory brand strives for – including an ultra-wide and telephoto lens, this iPhone add-on lets you shoot further and wider than ever before, making it a dream for those epic landscape shots.
Purchase an Olloclip here.
VOLTAIC – AMP SOLAR CHARGER
With all your shiny new tech, you’re going to need something to charge it. We were scouring the market for the best portable phone charger when we stumbled upon this beauty. Just 3.5 hours of sunlight offers a full charge for most smart phones, making it as convenient as it is eco-friendly.
Pick up your charger here.
THIS IS GROUND – TECH DOPP KITT
Okay, so technically not tech, but the perfect way to carry your gleaming new accessories. With handy areas to strap your cables, adapters, headphones, and other travel necessities, this stylish piece of kit is as functional as it is fashionable. This is Ground’s leather goods are designed in LA using the finest Italian leather and are the perfect accompaniment for any destination.
Learn more about This is Ground here.