Seven of the best new travel gadgets to look out for in 2017

By SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - 11 January 2017 @ 6:49 PM

BEIJING: The world’s biggest technology show, CES 2017 in Las Vegas, saw hundreds of mobile tech and travel gadgets make their debut. Here are seven gadgets to look out for.



ThinOPTICS glasses.

1.ThinOPTICS glasses

Designed for travellers who use reading glasses but never seem to have them on hand when needed, these small, bendable spectacles can be physically attached to a smartphone thanks to a low-profile case with an adhesive strip on the rear. Available in four strengths, they use flex-grip tech to fit on all shapes and sizes of noses. On sale now at thinoptics.com.



Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II.

2. The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Aimed at travellers, this compact yet advanced snapper has a new DIGIC 7 image processor, so should perform better than ever in low light. Now recharged via USB (so you can travel without the battery cradle), it also has a Bluetooth option, and syncs all photos to a smartphone app.



TrackR pixel.

3. TrackR pixel

Never lose your keys, passport or backpack again. Just 5mm thick, these colourful and truly tiny Bluetooth trackers can be attached to almost anything. Load up the TrackR app and your gear will not only be shown on a map, the TrackR pixel device also lights up in the dark. Pre-order at thetrackr.com/pixel.



Moshi Arcus day pack.

4. The Moshi Arcus day pack

An exceptionally compact and sleek backpack, the Arcus has discreet zippered body-facing pockets and a padded compartment for a 15-inch laptop. Add the separate Camera Insert and it becomes a DSLR camera bag that can store up to three lenses. It’s on sale now at moshi.com.



Garmin fēnix 5 Series.

5. The Garmin fēnix 5 Series

Now redesigned for smaller wrists, the waterproof fēnix 5, 5S and 5X still boast long-life GPS mapping for hikers, but also battery-hungry smartwatch modes for everyday life.



Petcube Bites.

6. Petcube Bites

A definite trend at CES 2017 was the “connected pet”. This new all-Wi-fi camera with night vision lets you see and communicate with your pet from afar via a smartphone app. There’s even a built-in treat dispenser; at the touch of a button you can fling a biscuit for your dog or cat. Crazy or cool? Available at petcube.com/bites.



Sony MDR-XB950N1 headphones.

7. Sony MDR-XB950N1 headphones

With around 22 hours of battery on one charge, these new wireless Bluetooth headphones from Sony’s flagship EXTRA BASS range should be able to withstand almost any long-haul journey. However, it’s their noise cancelling talents that will really attract frequent flyers.

This article first appeared on South China Morning Post