Travelling can be stressful, especially to an international event like IFA. Here are a few of our tech travel essentials.
Travelling can be a stressful experience, especially when travelling overseas with the foreign money, people and culture.
What isn't foreign, however, is technology.
Technology has the power to unite even the most starkly different cultures and as our Tech Editor prepares to make his way to Berlin for IFA, we thought we'd show you what tech essentials he packed in his bag. IFA stands for Internationale Funkausstellung and is an annual event hosted in Berlin. It is one of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany and one of the world's leading trade shows for consumer electronics and home appliances.
B&O Play H6
Featuring a premium, luxurious design and balanced sound, the second generation of Bang & Olufsen's wired over-ear headphones provide more bang for your buck.Calling them the best headphones available might seem like overkill to some but the second generation wired H6 headphones feature a lightweight, comfortable design accented by the luxurious gold earcups and the black leather band over your head(we received the black and gold pair). Everything about these screams refined. There are way too many products which look better than they perform, these are not one of them. Base has been pumped up from the first generation headphones yet they retain clear highs. Nothing about these is overtly pushed in either direction. Balance and precision are the key elements of these glorious Bang & Olufsen H6 headphones. Cost : R7 929
LG 360 Cam
Travelling means taking tons of pictures, but let's be honest, no-one enjoys sitting there looking at all of your vacation photos.LG's 360 camera allows you to take your photography to a new level thanks to its immersive 360- degree pictures.It's incredibly simple to use. Once the device is fully charged, all you need to do is switch on the device and then push a button.The 360 Cam features two wide angle lenses, one on each side of the device, which takes two images and combines them into one.It also allows you to take full 360-degree video which can be uploaded to YouTube and Facebook. This means more immersive pictures and videos for all followers. Cost : R3 199
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon has been at the forefront of photography for what feels like forever. Their latest piece of wizardry, the 5D Mark IV, features:
Canon’s brand new full frame 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor,
ISO range of 100 to 32000,
Expandable from 50 up to 102400,
61-point wide area reticular AF system.
Did we mention that it can also shoot 4K video? The Canon 5D Mark IV features DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 30/25/24 fps shooting and provides the ability to extract 8.8MP JPEG images from 4K videos.It also has built-in Wi-Fi to enable remote operation and secure file transfer (FTPS/FTP) via smart devices (using the Canon Camera Connect app) as well as NFC to provide instant connections between compatible devices.Canon has also ensured that it has enhanced water and dust-resistance, which makes it the ideal camera for travel photographers or photojournalists working in challenging terrain.Cost : R53 995 (body only)
Xiaomi Mi Power Bank
Xiaomi has made some of the best smartphones on the market costing half the price of current big name flagships yet packing all the same internal specs.Having mastered the smartphone market, it makes sense that the company introduces their own range of powerbanks.The Mi Powerbank is available in a range of sizes internationally, however in South Africa, Mobile In Africa have brought in the 10400mAh one. Capable of charging your phone at least 3 times from 0% - 100% (depending on the size of your phone's battery) you'll be amazed by how fast it charges your phone. We've tried it on Xiaomi's Mi 5, Huawei's P9, LG's G5 and the iPhone 6S and have never been disappointed. You'll need compatible cables to charge your specific phone. Cost : R349
Heading overseas can be both fun and daunting, especially when you're headed to a country where English is not the spoken language. If you've planned your trip well in advance and you feel like challenging yourself, download the Duolingo app and learn the language of the country you're going to. The app breaks up the language into basic phrases as well as basic words which includes colours, animals and most importantly, food. You have the option of reading and writing sentences (as you progress you also get presented with sentences to translate from your chosen language to English and vice versa) or to read, write and speak sentences, phrases and words out loud.Available for iOS and Android.Cost : Free
Google has utilised their undisputed power of search to bring you Goggles. No, you don't put them on your face, Google Goggles is an app which you can download to your smartphone. Not only does it recognise images taken with your phone (it uses Google's image searching technology to find out as much info about the item in the picture as possible), it also translates words seen through your smartphone's camera lens. Available for both iOS and Android.Cost : Free
iPhones have arguably some of the best cameras on a smartphone, the problem comes in when you take too many photos and you have no more storage space on your phone. Unlike Android smartphones which offer expandable storage, iPhone does not...until now.Sandisk has released the latest version of their iXpand range which plugs straight into your iPhone's lightning port and allows you to use it as expandable storage.You can load music, pictures, video and documents onto it and easily access it on your iPhone. Alternatively you can transfer content from your iPhone to the device. Cost : R1 000 (16GB) and R1 400 (32GB)