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Tech to make business travel better

Published 17 July 2012 05:44, Updated 18 July 2012 03:56

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Tech to make business travel better

These cufflinks double as a mini-WiFi hotspot and a 2GB USB flash drive.

Road warriors could do well to check out these four apps before they jet off on their next international junket.

Writing for American Express’ Open Forum, Mashable recommends a handful of programs to help travellers with anything from packing their bags to navigating local transit systems.

  • Packing Pro: This three star-rated app costs $2.99 and maintains a catalogue of items travellers may want to pack. More than just a laundry list, the app can provide recommended packing lists for destinations depending on weather, number of travellers and whether the trip is domestic or overseas.
  • AllSubway: Priced at 99¢, this app contains transit maps for more than 151 metro public transport systems around the world including major US, European, Asian and Australian destination. Most importantly, maps in the app are available offline, meaning travellers to anywhere from Amsterdam to Vienna, New York, Chennai, Adelaide and more can still find their way without an internet connection.
  • LocalEats: Free for the iPad and 99¢, LocalEats provides a guide to independent restaurants across the US and in 50 international cities including London, Paris, Rome, Vancouver and Hong Kong. According to Mashable, “The app offers many ways to filter restaurants, including critics’ picks, cheap food and vegetarian options”. It can also search for restaurants near landmarks and uses GPS to locate nearby venues.
  • Triplingo: The priciest app on the list at $10.49 for each of 14 available languages, Triplingo could just save your life, provided you’re packing an iPhone or Android or Nook device. Before heading for the airport, Triplingo can be used to pre-configure language cheat sheets based on questions about a travellers destination and other information, including allergies.

Also on Open Forum is a list of compact gadgets business travellers may want to consider packing for their next jaunt. Among them:

  • WiFi/USB drive cufflinks: “Fashion yourself an ultra-modern James Bond with these cufflinks that moonlight as a 2 GB flash drive and Wi-Fi hotspot,” Open Forum says. Price: $US259.99
  • HDMI Pocket Projector: Compatible with most smartphones, tablets, personal computers and gaming console, this gadget projects images in 1080p high definition at diagonal widths of up to 60 inches. Price: $US299.99.
  • Virtual Keyboard keychain: Roughly the size of a packet of smokes, this Bluetooth enabled device can project a keyboard onto any flat surface. Price $US99.99.

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