What's New, What's Hot: November 2013

By Joe Rosen
What's New, What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. Click here or on the image to open a slideshow of all of the featured products for November.

Satechi Smart Travel RouterSmart Travel Router: This device from Satechi figures to be many things to many people. In addition to functioning as a typical router, it can turn a wired Internet connection into wireless by acting as an access point. It can also be used as a repeater to connect an existing network and amplify it. Finally, the Smart Travel Router can also connect, say, a smart TV or video game console via an Ethernet cable, enabling the connected device to connect wirelessly to the Internet. Other useful features include four hidden plug configurations for use in more than 150 countries, an AC power port and a USB port. One caveat: The travel router does not function as a voltage converter and contains no grounding. $44.99; www.satechi.net.  

Compact Universal Travel Adapter: This multi-plug has far fewer aspirations than the aforementioned Smart Travel Router and also costs significantly less money. Offered by the trusted National Geographic Store, this travel adapter also comes with four built-in international plugs that you can access with a simple flip of a switch for powering up your electronic devices in more than 150 countries. If you find a place where the Smart Travel Router won't fit, be sure to let us know (when you get home and can finally plug in). $12.99; shop.nationalgeographic.com.

Mogo Portable Seat: Dubbed "the human kickstand" by some, Mogo is a super-sturdy, fully collapsible seat that, at 2 pounds, can fit unfurled in your tote bag, carry-on or backpack. Featuring a reversible rubber foot for grass or hard surfaces, this well-designed, uni-pole product is made of extruded and anodized aluminum, rubber and fiberglass-reinforced nylon. In use, Mogo forms one-third of a tripod, with your legs completing the three legs of a stool. Of course, you already know where your bottom should go. Mogo is perfect for waiting in line, attending outdoor concerts and similar activities. It fully extends up to 38 inches and can support up to 200 pounds. $99; www.focaluprightfurniture.com.  

MicroTouch Switchblade: No, this is not the weapon of choice in productions of "West Side Story." Rather, it is an all-in-one grooming aid men who think even the tidy Multigroom (below) is a bit of a burden on a trip and want to travel light, real light (the device weighs only 14.1 ounces). This six-piece set trims hair any place you can grow it. The Switchblade's unique design offers a lighted mini- and a full-size trimmer and four snap-on guides (two each for the maxi and mini trimmers). Power is provided by two AAA batteries. $19.99; www.getswitchblade.com.  

Philips Norelco Multigroom Plus: Just the thing for men who always want to look neat and trim whether on a business trip or a resort vacation, this grooming kit includes eight attachments, among them a clipper, a trimmer, a detail trimmer for a more defined look, a nose-hair trimmer, a detail foil shaver, beard and mustache comb and a stubble comb, whatever that is. With enough settings to satisfy even the most self-conscious of men, the Multigroom kit, which includes a storage pouch, is water-resistant and easily cleaned. According to promotional material, the groomer offers a "turbo power boost" for plowing through thick hair, but let's not go there literally or figuratively. A one-hour charge will provide 50 minutes of cordless use. $39.99; www.usa.philips.com.  

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