Travel Gadgets

By AM Northwest Staff

Brian Westbrook showed us travel-friendly gadgets for your summer adventures and more!

The featured products are listed below:

Bluetooth Voyager 520 & Explorer 360 Cellular Phone Headsets – Plantronics
"Washington hands-free law starts July 1"
Prepare yourself for Washington State's handsfree law which requires all drivers to use a
hands-free headset or speaker phone starting July 1st. Plantronics offers a variety of
models from the entry-level 360 to the business quality 520 and more. Setup has been
simplified and operation is easy with these discreet and stylish headsets. Take calls
safely and effortlessly while driving. ($70 – Explorer 360, $100 -- Voyager 520,
plantronics.com)

GO 930 GPS navigation system -- TomTom
“Portable navigation with gas prices”
TomTom’s latest portable GPS receiver simplifies making your way through an
unfamiliar town – there’s only one thing easier. New features include intelligent routing
based on time-of-day and historical data and an advanced lane guidance system showing
what specific lane for those tricky highway merges. Make the most of your trip with a
updated fuel price locator. Ask TomTom for the lowest-priced gas and the 930 will take
you there. With new features and TomTom’s proven easy-to-use interface the only thing
easier than getting around with the GO 930 is, well… a chauffeur. ($500, available soon)

Streets & Trips with Connected Services – Microsoft
"Directions, traffic and gas prices for laptop PC"
Adding GPS navigation, gas prices, and current traffic – without an Internet connection –
is a breeze with Microsoft's updated Streets & Trips 2008 bundle. The kit comes with a
GPS unit to use with your Windows-based laptop and an advanced MSN Direct receiver
to get the latest traffic conditions, gas prices and other road-trip data wirelessly. ($150,
microsoft.com)

TravelSound i50 Portable Speakers -- Creative
“Small speaker with big sound”
Snap your iPod Shuffle on top and clip these portable speakers to your beach bag. Be
prepared for a surprisingly big sound from tiny battery-powered speakers! It’ll charge
your Shuffle with either the included power adapter or a USB cable, but sadly, doesn’t
double as a dock. ($50, creative.com)

Exilim EX-S10 digital camera – Casio
"Slim camera takes YouTube videos"
I've been a fan of Casio's digital Exilim's card-sized digital cameras for some time,
owning a handful of different models. The latest generation, the EX-S10, sports a handy
YouTube video mode – and makes sharing video clips a breeze. With a super-slim
design this digital camera will find its way into any pocket or purse, guaranteeing you'll
always have it handy to capture those moments. ($250, casio.com)

High Definition DVD Handycam (HDR-UX20) -- Sony
“HD camcorder recognizes faces”
Sony knocks one out of the park with a lineup of new high definition camcorders.
Available with hard drives (look ma, no tape!) or small DVD discs, the newest
Handycams are packed with high-tech features. A face detection mode spots up to eight
faces while capturing video or taking photos and optimizes your skin tone. With highpower
zoom and full high definition quality – your child’s home run never looked so
good! ($900, available now)

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