Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Luxury Travel Tech

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We go away from home for extended stays, but we want to stay in touch, be creative and enjoy life. For our loved ones, these gadgets will enhance travel.

Lyma-Laser

This medical-grade 500mW laser, originally designed in Germany to help heal torn cartilage and tendons, quickly demonstrated dramatic cosmetic benefits. The combination of blue LEDs and infrared lights stimulates collagen production, soothes wrinkles, reduces scarring and pigmentation.

Launched quietly last year in the UK, propelled by word-of-mouth, The Lyma-Laser ($2500) is the most powerful and portable cold laser on the market. About the size of a small torch with rechargeable batteries, there’s no tingling, heat or noise. A regimen of 15 minutes a day, with gua shu-like movements, it’s easy to wrap up and incorporate into a daily regimen.

ReMarkable Tablet 2

The nicest thing anyone has ever said about my writing is that it’s abstract. However, the ReMarkable Tablet ($399) lived up to its name by cracking it perfectly.

Designed in Norway, this tablet has a Scandinavian spirit about it. You can’t stream movies on it, or connect a keyboard, just write, read and draw on a deliciously thin 403g tablet. Using Codex, its own operating system, you can send drawings, diagrams and converted text. You can adjust the writing feel (just like in my low-tech life, I like the mechanical pencil setting better). No other tablet looks so much like paper; Battery life is also superb, lasting around 2-3 weeks on a single charge, depending on usage. Less can sometimes really do more.

Wake UV Self-Cleaning Bottle

This bottle of water (£45) has a UV light, built into the lid eliminates germs, odors or metallic aftertaste that only takes three minutes after pressing the button, rechargeable via USB cable.

In matte black, the leak-proof 550ml screw-cap bottle keeps drinks hot for four hours and cold for 12 hours. A full charge lasts about a month and 10% of proceeds go to the Marine Conservation Society.

Discover Bang & Olufsen

Channeling the more outward-looking Danish spirit of the company is the Discover Bang & Olufsen ($199). About the size of a tin can and with an aluminum casing, it has the same sense of durability – it’s a speaker that can handle large spaces but with the sound quality that generations have adored.

The colorways are also perfectly Nordic – a symphony of grays and whites. Dust and water resistant paired with 360-degree sound, up to 27 hours of battery life, just enough design shine and plenty of practicality – no dirt will get trapped under those dimpled buttons.

Bose frames

There is something beautifully liberating Bose frames ($249), where you can accessorize a sunburst with music while minimizing baggage. I loved the original models launched in 2019 but now there are three new shapes – Soprano is more feminine, Tenor more unisex while Tempo is designed for outdoor activities.

And for urban sportsmen, the Frames have a special meaning. By leaving your ears free, they allow you to hear traffic noise above music or podcasts and also allow you to take calls. The sound quality is superb and while they may not have a built in charging case yet (next time please) they are still one of my favorite pieces of travel tech .

Nothing Headphones

Created in London and launched in 2021; this is Carl Pei’s new product from OnePlus. With a partially transparent casing that lets you see the wires, these headphones ($99) send the message that style and engineering are art (and it helps that the sound quality is good).

As such, while it’s nice to have black as a new option, I still prefer the originals. The battery lasts about four hours when in noise-canceling duty and weighs just over 4g each. Another nice touch; the company strives to make every pair carbon neutral.

Samsung Freestyle

Travel technology should bring joy and freestyle ($899) will do just that when it launches this summer. Yes, other projectors have existed, but none are as beautifully designed as this one. Combining a built-in audio and Alexa system, there’s autofocus.

Also, no matter how uneven the floor, it will fit a 16:9 upright screen, can be rotated 180 to reach any surface, be it a wall or a a ceiling and can be attached to a power bank, Add HDR picture quality up to 100-inch screen and color calibration plus weight, including its built-in stand that weighs less than a kilo (0.83 kg ) and it’s worth giving an IOU for this Valentine’s Day.

Kikkerland Floating Humidifier

Not all nice gadgets have to be ultra expensive to feel luxurious or worth packing.

Attach it to a USB port and place a glass of water near your bed and it will act as a humidifier, eliminating dryness from hotel air conditioning and heating while you sleep. It comes in at a very nice $10.50

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