What's New, What's Hot: May 2015

By Joe Rosen /
What's New, What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. First up, the Jamstik wireless guitar, perfect for the musician on the go. The product, which never needs tuning and can duplicate the sound of almost any instrument, has the ability to convert your hotel room into a practice hall. Featuring real strings and frets, the instrument, whose rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers up to 10 hours of use, has an infrared light-sensing fret board that provides real-time finger placement feedback on your Apple device.The TomTom Go 500 has a lot going for it, including a 5-inch touch screen; advanced lane guidance to take the guess work out of exiting high-speed expressways; spoken guidance and street names; a USB car charger and magnetic window mount; and a Parking Assist feature that helps locate nearby parking facilities. Other attributes are lifetime North America map updates and traffic info; trial-period speed camera alerts; a user-friendly address and point-of-interest search interface; and easily identifiable map icons and 3D imaging of buildings and landmarks.The Magellan RoadMate 5330T-LM also boasts a 5-inch screen and features turn-by-turn spoken guidance; 3D renderings; lifetime U.S and Canada map updates; traffic and speed cam alerts; easily searched points of interest and one-touch shortcuts to favorite destinations and searches. What Magellan calls Junction View provides helpful and realistic images of freeway signs and arrows that guide you to the proper lane. A SmartDetour feature is designed to provide immediate options when traffic comes to a standstill.Hitting the road with multiple meds in tow is increasingly the rule rather than the exception for travelers, or so it seems to anyone who has signed on for a land tour and/or cruise with fellow millennials and ever-more-mobile senior citizens. Designed to keep dosage confusion at bay, the MedCenter Traveler XL has seven large-capacity pill boxes marked with the days of the week for holding up to one-week of medication, with four large capacity cavities in each pill box. The nylon case that contains the seven pill boxes has a velcro-secured safety flap.These unique headphones, which fold flat for travel, max out the volume at 85 dBA, which according to the manufacturer is the maximum sound level recommended by audiologists to prevent hearing loss. The Puro Sound Labs BT2200 Kid-Friendly Headphones, which use durable, lightweight aluminum in the ear pieces and headband, block out ambient noise (just the thing for use aboard an airplane), allow for Bluetooth or wired connectivity and have an 18-hour battery life (200 hours of standby).This lightweight, collapsible Mogo Portable Upright Seat goes where you go so you can sit relatively comfortably while those around you -- say at parades, outdoor free concerts and the like -- have to stand around getting tired and sore feet. Small enough (18 inches long retracted) and light enough (2.6 pounds) to fit easily in a backpack or tote bag, the Mogo extends through three telescoping sections to 37 inches in length (adjustable in 1-inch increments to accommodate most heights). The seat is designed to support up to 250 pounds.

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