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5 Gadgets from CES 2014 that Will Change How We Travel

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The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing. In addition to the big screen televisions, video game systems and high-tech tools, there are a few innovative gadgets that are expected to improve the way we travel. Here are five gadgets that should get travelers excited about CES 2014.

Make Your iPad Germ-Free

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Did you know that some touchscreens on smartphones and tablets have significantly more germs than a toilet seat? The solution now is the NueVue case for iPhone and iPad. It’s an antimicrobial case that cleans and kills bacteria. After 15 minutes in the case, 80 percent of germs are killed; after two hours devices are germ-free. ($45)

Smartwatch Fitness Tracker in One

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Come January, wearable fitness trackers are all the rage. The Razer Nabu has fitness tracking capability along with smartwatch and smartphone features. As a fitness tracker, the screen provides an overview of your activity level and bio data. As a smartphone, Nabu provides alerts for emails, texts, GPS map directions and phone calls.

The gadget aims to turn living into gaming. Users can earn points or badges for going to bed earlier, checking into a new restaurant or exercising longer.

Print Instagram-Style Photos on the Road

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Instagram made Polaroid-style pictures popular again. Now the camera company is hoping to hit the digital market with a new physical project. The Socialmatic camera has a front and back camera, 14MP and 2MP respectively. With built-in Wi-Fi, you can upload live as well as print 2×3-inch photos. It’s $30 for 80 sheets of paper.

A Tablet in Your Dashboard

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Google has announced a new alliance with GM, Honda, Audi, and Hyundai that will integrate Android tablets into vehicles. Audi showcased how the technology will work on the first day of CES. You can use the tablet as a remote control for navigation, audio, phone calls and other apps, including Yelp.

But that’s not the only technology! Audi also showcased a self-driving Audi A7 that integrated the radar, video cameras, laser scanners, navigation and ultra-sonic data.

Google Glass Gets Competition

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Alongside wristbands and smartwatches, Epson is showcasing wearable glasses that are slightly different than Google’s offering. Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses, originally released in Japan, digitally projected content onto a virtual display in the the wearer’s field of vision. The glasses have a front-facing camera for stills and video. There is also audio through separate ear buds. Interestingly, the glasses have an option for a prescription lens insert.

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By Lily J. Kosner for PeterGreenberg.com

 

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