A WICKER BAS­KET FULL OF TECH OF A

GAD­GETS HAVE BE­COME CONVINIENT EN­ABLERS FOR HOL­I­DAY-TIME AC­TIV­ITY

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - GCOVER STORY - TEXT BY TEAM G&G & PHO­TO­GRAPH BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

t is time to dust the wicker bas­kets, clean the flasks and string the rac­quets. Yes, it is the hol­i­day time again. The ex­cite­ment lev­els might not have changed over the years, but the way we pre­pare for that an­nual break def­i­nitely has. Well, you might still want to put a wicker bas­ket in the boot of your car, but what you pack in it now wouldn’t even have crossed your mind a few years back.

In fact, most hol­i­day es­sen­tials can now all be held eas­ily in your mo­bile phone or tablet. Your mu­sic, train timetable, board games and even maps—all are now mo­bile apps. Maybe it was one of the thrills of a long hol­i­day drive, but these days it is pretty dif­fi­cult for any­one to get lost, thanks to the tech­nol­ogy that has pen­e­trated ev­ery as­pect of our life.

The first thing that you take along for a trip these days is your mo­bile phone. Apart from all your con­tacts, this lit­tle de­vice is also your en­ter­tain­ment hub, nav­i­ga­tor and guide. From apps that help you de­cide where to hol­i­day in to one that helps you get there, there is an app for ev­ery as­pect of your trip. You can now book train or air tick­ets from the mo­bile and even get reg­u­lar up­dates and re­minders about the travel itin­er­ary. Then there are web­sites that tell you about the best ho­tel deals around the world.

In case you still want to take a road trip, in­built maps or down­load­able nav­i­ga­tors will guide you ev­ery step of the way. Be­fore you

Icheck in at a ho­tel, you can check on the phone to see if the place has clean loos. And yes, in­stead of the hun­dreds of cas­settes you used to pack for the long trips, you again have the phone which will make sure you have some­thing to lis­ten whether you are on the road or camp­ing out.

Books might be too heavy for a trip, es­pe­cially these days when you can have hun­dreds of them saved on to an iPad or Kin­dle. In case you are the filmy type, you can carry movies along in one of these de­vices, or a big­ger lap­top. Lug­ging a lap­top too is no longer a back-break­ing af­fair as the MacBook Air and its ri­val Ul­tra­books are all sleek and slim de­vices that are easy to carry around and pow­er­ful to use. If you want to do some se­ri­ous pho­tog­ra­phy or record HD videos of your trav­els and other ex­ploits, it bet­ter that you carry some se­ri­ous com­put­ing power with you.

If you are not a DSLR con­nois­seur, then just make sure you have a com­pact cam­era that will serve your pur­pose as a good still and movie de­vice. And even bet­ter, they won’t take up more space than a bar of soap.

And if you think go­ing out is too much of an ef­fort, then just stay home and let the gods of loung­ing take charge. If you so de­sire, the couch can be your palace for weeks on end, ably as­sisted by univer­sal re­motes and home au­to­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

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