Monday, June 18, 2018

11 Top Tech Products to Take on Your Summer Adventures #CTATravel

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Techlicious and the Consumer Technology Association. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Can you believe we're already half way through June? I'm not sure where the time went exactly but the official start to Summer is just a few days away and NYC kids will officially be out of school next week, which means we're counting down to a few weekend trips and two family reunions. This month I co-hosted a travel themed lunch and learn at midtown restaurant Quality Italian, alongside Suzannne and Josh of Techlicious on behalf of CES and the Consumer Technology Association. NYC local influencers in attendance were invited to learn all about the latest and greatest tech products to take with them on their summer adventures. Bloggers and Editors were able to get hands on with the best gadgets to keep their families entertained and gained insight on tech safety tips and on how to use technology to make the most of their trip. We all know life's just that much easier and enjoyable with a few tech essentials to kill time, especially during travel time, we have a few layovers coming up so the hubby and I were eager to discover some new finds. 

Having the Roku at home, made it that much easier to cut the cable cord and we haven't looked back because of their varied selection of 500,000+ streamable movies and tv episodes and 5,000 channels to choose from. The Roku Streaming Stick is a small, powerful and portable1 streaming device for those who want to reduce clutter, are on the move or want their streaming player hidden behind their TV.  With its fast, smooth and responsive navigation, users can quickly access their favorite entertainment whether they are at home or on-the-go. Features such as Hotel and Dorm connect make it easy for users to take the Roku Streaming Stick with them while traveling, in dorm rooms or moving from TV to TV at home. Retail price: $49.99 . 

Nowadays it seems more and more, people are increasing their usage of virtual reality based products in the home, office and certainly for travel. HTC VIVE is the creator of the unprecedented PC-based virtual reality system, the VIVE and the VIVE Pro, which was built and optimized for room-scale VR and trueto-life interactions. VIVE Pro delivers immersion unlike any other: true-to-life precise tracking, ultra-vibrant colors and uber-realistic sounds create a world that transports you to any scene in split seconds. Just think, you can travel to Disney World without even leaving your living room!

With the highest quality display of any VR headset, VIVE Pro gives life to any realities.The all new screen panels dazzle the eye and sweep you away into your wildest imagination. There's a VR experience for everyone: Hardcore gamers, artist, families, teachers, enterprises. VIVE Pro has the richest content library available on SteamVR and VIVEPORT. Retail Price: $1399.00 

Who doesn't love a piece of wearable technology that's not only functional and cool to use, but stylish? The Ashley Chloe Helix Cuff is the world’s first wearable wireless Bluetooth headphones and features  Smart Multipoint Connectivity, AptX technology, cVc noise reduction, and Bluetooth 4.1.  The Helix Cuff is available in a number of smart colors that complement its modern design, I've got my eye on the white and gold version that I spotted online.  Retail Price: $99.00 - $249.99 

Road trips can be a bit unnerving for me, which is why I leave all the driving to the hubby but I was really intrigued by the Hum by Verizon which is an aftermarket solution for consumers looking to modernize car connectivity. It provides drivers with a simple, accessible solution for obtaining diagnostic information about their vehicles by compiling near real-time information and guidance to help prevent breakdowns and protect drivers with live help and emergency services.  For emergency assistance it will connect with a trained agent through your speaker to help get you back on the road. Additional features include  Pinpoint Roadside Assistance - 24/7 support with nationwide coverage and GPS-guided help to your vehicle location. and a  Mechanics Hotline - Talk to an independent, certified professional for unbiased advice. Retail Price: Hum× with Wi-Fi Hotspot - Monthly subscription starting at* $15 plus taxes and fees One-time activation fee $30, Device $120 

Presidio CLEAR is part of Speck’s slimmest, most protective line of cases yet with innovative new materials, drop-test standards and designs — all while offering 20 percent less bulk than previous Speck cases. The line includes Presidio CLEAR, Presidio CLEAR + GLITTER and Presidio CLEAR + PRINT, all of which showcase these brand new features: IMPACTIUM™ CLEAR: Presidio CLEAR’s soft, inner layer is made of IMPACTIUM CLEARTM, an innovative, dynamic shock-absorbing material that protects your phone against impact. We were impressed when we discovered the cases have an 8-Foot Drop Protection: All Presidio CLEAR cases have been tested to withstand and protect a phone from 8 feet high, so you can be confident it will hold up to everyday drops. An added bonus it that they stay clear because they are made with materials that resist UV yellowing and scratching, Presidio CLEAR cases are designed to stand up to everyday use.  
Retail Price: $39.95 - $44.95 

There will certainly be a lot of sun-filled days in the park now that the boys are signed up for Track and Field & soccer this summer which means I'll be trying to complete some work on the bleachers while trying to avoid the blazing sun. The myCharge myFlipShade phone accessory quickly deploys a pop-up shade to block sunlight, rain and snow from your device screen so you can use it without squinting or bending in any outdoor conditions. It also doubles as a privacy shield to keep pesky eyes from viewing your screen. myFlipShade slides onto the top of iPhones and stays in place using a durable adhesive strip and tucks neatly behind the phone when not in use. The thin profile of the shade doesn’t add bulk and is compatible with cases and other phone accessories like credit card holders and stands, and the myFlipShade itself can be used to prop up a smartphone to watch videos as well. Of course the vibrant colored pineapple print was my favorite but there are solid colors too! Retail Price: $9.99 

You can never have enough portable chargers, am I right? The Pride Limited Edition myCharge power bank provides enough power (4,000mAh) for about 2x extra battery life for a smartphone. The power bank features convenient fold-out wall prongs so it can be plugged directly into a wall outlet for recharging, no extra cable needed. The Pride charger only weighs 0.42 lbs., making it the perfect light weight power bank to stash in a bag or pocket for extra battery life while attending Pride festivities, traveling or everyday use. 5% of sales from the chargers will go to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to the LGBTQ community. Retail Price: $34.99 

Mike is what I consider the master packer of the family, with his precise rolling technique to get everyone's crap into one carry on bag like magic. Having experienced 2 major knee surgeries over the years, it was no surprise to me that the hubby was excited to take a ride through the restaurant on the Modobag, because why not cruise along to get to your destination? Modobag is changing the way the world travels by combining the functionality of a standard suitcase with the innovation of personal mobility to create the world's first rideable carry-on luggage. Fits in overhead bins, holds up to 85 percent of a typical carry-on, charges your electronic devices and travels at speeds up to 8 mph. It's the perfect travel companion for road warriors and individuals with mobility issues who are looking for an efficient and safe way to get to their destination. Modobag is also fun, because we believe getting to your destination should be just as fun as the destination itself. Retail Price: $1495.00 

I'm obsessed with documenting our days with captured family moments caught on camera, and this was a thing back in high school way before the world of social media. I feel like every year or two, especially as an influencer - I've got my eye out for the latest camera's and updates that make creating long lasting memories and content creation even easier and of course more fabulous to look at and share. Sony is Introducing a new level of AF performance and speed to today’s compact camera market. Sony's RX100 V boasts the world’s fastest AF speed (0.05 sec.), world’s fastest continuous shooting speed (24fps) with world’s most AF points, 315 for a compact camera. And with 4K high resolution your pics will come out sharp and clear. Added win is that their are built in apps for editing and sharing your pics right on the camera! Retail Price: $949.00

Whether you're a fan of listening to your fave tunes over ear or in ear, Sony has some really amazing bluetooth, noise cancelling headphones to suit your preference. The Sony SP700N Headphones are the world’s first true wireless noise canceling headphones with splash-proof design. Equipped with a cushioned fit and sweat-resistance, these wireless earbuds are made to fill your workouts with your favorite music without getting in the way. Noise Canceling technology minimizes sound from noisy environments, leaving you with just the music. Retail Price: $179.99 

Details on the overhead Sony WH -1000Xm2 Retail Price: $399.99 


After our influencer guests had the chance to check out the fun features of all of the gadgets and gizmos, they joined in for a delish lunch and learn presented by CES where we learned of the upcoming trends and received some eye opening statistics. 

Thank you to Suzanne and Josh of Techlicious, CES and the Consumer Technology for the wonderful opportunity to host this event and for the informative and fun luncheon & to Suzanne Cohen Photography for the gorgeous images. 

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