x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Cool ways to beat the summer heat

The Life: New summer gizmos help travelers beat the heat.

Live Luggage Hybrid Series. Photo Live Luggage
Live Luggage Hybrid Series. Photo Live Luggage

The mercury has already topped 40°C in the Emirates and, as it's only going to climb higher, it's time to start thinking of inventive ways to beat the heat. Fortunately, consumer electronics makers are releasing a variety of offerings that make summer travel and leisure more enjoyable:

High-tech towels

The Hi-Sun Beach Towel was a hit with some sunbathers when it debuted last summer. Its bright colours and casual feel when converted into a backpack make it best suited for teens of business professionals on a family vacation. But once it folds out, with its integrated speakers and an MP3 connection accessible for music lovers to plug in their player of choice, some parents will find themselves fighting for a bit of time on the£73 (Dh435) towel.

Power luggage

No one likes lugging a heavy bag to and from the airport during July and August.

Available in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa and other countries, a new powered bag from Live Luggage includes force sensors, tilt switches and special technology built into the wheels to help get the luggage up a kerb or incline at the airport.

The bags sell for between £250 and £395.

Waterproof gadgets

The range of waterproof cases in the accessories market keeps growing, from DiCAPac's offerings for digital cameras to OtterBox's seals for mobile phones. But be sure to scrutinise online reviews to find out how some consumers neglected to seal these correctly, in order to avoid similar missteps.

Reviews on amazon.com for H20 Audio's armbands designed to protect MP3 players underwater, for instance, include 10 five-star mentions but also 14 customers who left 1-star notes after experiencing a litany of problems.

The Quote: "Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road." Stewart Brand, an American writer and past speaker at Technology, Entertainment and Design conferences

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