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What’s Cool at CES for Travelers

CES/The Consumer Electronics Show was this week in Las Vegas and it spotlighted some new technology innovations that might appeal to frequent travelers.

Try the Re-Timer on for size.  Literally.  It’s a portable light device that mimics the benefits of sunlight – so you can re-time your body to new time zones.  Unlike the sun, however, the Retimer is 100% UV-free and able to be used on an overcast day or during long winters when the sun is not visible. Seattle-folk, you listening?

Or perhaps you’ll like the ChargeCard. You know how you never have a sync cable when you need one? The ChargeCard solves that problem: just stick it in your wallet. Made mostly of rubber and almost exactly the size of a credit card, the ChargeCard sports either a Micro-USB connector or a 30-pin iDevice connector and a USB plug on a bendable rubber arm. You can use it to charge or sync your device or both.

Lastly, check out the ChargeDr.  It’s a dongle that plugs into a laptop USB port and somehow boosts the amperage so you can charge your iPad (or other tablet). It will also speed up tablet charging when used with a wall or car charger. Works with phones, too.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • Also at this year’s CES, The Federal Communications Commission announced that it plans on freeing up a large portion of the airwaves to bolster WiFi across the country, especially in airports and convention centers. Business travelers, can I get an Amen?
  • If you suffer from jetlag, but can’t afford the Re-Timer, take a look a free online tool called Jet Lag Rooster.  You to plug in your trip itinerary, the times you usually go to sleep and awaken, and whether you’d like to start shifting your slumber schedule before you leave or when you arrive, and the free service calculates the optimal times – down to the hour – when you should seek light, and when you should avoid it.
  • Just when you couldn’t get enough news about guns, the TSA reported today that it seized a record number of guns in 2012.  U.S. travelers attempted to bring more than 1,500 guns on board planes in 2012 – of which 85% were loaded.  Stunning.