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Leaders of the pack: super-smart travel gadgets

I wasn’t one of the laptop sleeves. Simply slipping the computer into the sheath and inserting it into another large bag seems unnecessarily annoying. In addition, memories of a fluffy gray foam case that resembles a wetsuit for a laptop have been imprinted on my brain since college.

Still, the amazing new release from the 72-year-old British leather goods company Silviano makes me think differently. Recalling the slim briefcase, this handsome leather number fits notebooks, chargers, credit cards, folded newspapers and other important bits, and laptops. (There are two sizes to fit a 13-inch or 16-inch computer.) As the retractable handle shows, it’s not designed to chuck into another bag.that teeth bag. And it’s very convenient and travel-friendly: ideal carry-on baggage.

Silviano Tech sleeves from £ 195

In recent years, high-tech device holders have become popular, and fashion brands are enthusiastically creating pouches for tablets, smartphones and AirPods. Louis Vuitton makes a checkerboard-like laptop case, Comme des Garcons’ version is studded with playful bubble prints, and Australian accessory specialist Belroy sells a charming caramel-coloured leather techfolio. increase.

The Silviano case is handcrafted from vegetable-tanned cowhide and offered in traditional wrapping, but digitally it’s also smart. The brand has developed a slim power bank that fits in one pocket and powers laptops, tablets, headphones and other devices via cables, as well as wirelessly charging phones. It can squeeze three things at once. GPS tracking also makes misplacement almost impossible. Thanks to the Bluetooth chip that links with the app, the sleeve responds with a loud beep when you press a button on your phone (this feature can be activated by voice). You can also track it on the map. If you get too far away from your device, you’ll get a polite phone notification, as it happened one recent morning when I hurriedly forgot to leave the flat. It also features RFID blocking, so no one can sneak behind you to scan your credit card or passport.

Silviano Tech sleeves, from £ 195, Smartech Selfridges or houseofsilviano.com


Pulling force

Unibank Power Bank, from £ 89.95

Unibank Power Bank, from £ 89.95

If you’re going to a bush and the thoughts of a dead phone and access to PowerPoint make you nauseous, leave room in your hiking pack for this portable power bank. It weighs 0.6 kg, boasts a brave violet and gray color scheme, and is not chic and pretty. But it has a very attractive selling point: it can be charged manually by pulling on the retractable cord. (Pulling for 90 seconds gives the bank enough power to charge the phone with the energy needed for a 25-minute call over the USB cable.) This is an ideal emergency power source. Created by a British industrial equipment company, it has a built-in LED torch and optional attachments such as Bluetooth speaker, panic alarm and GPS tracker, all operated via the smartphone app. You don’t have to inflate your biceps to turn it on. There is some resistance, but the cord is easily pulled. It’s a cozy analog travel companion.

Unibank Power bank, from £ 89.95


Thinking cyclist helmet

Livall EVO21, £ 99.99

Livall EVO21, £ 99.99

The latest innovation from Shenzhen’s Livall, the EVO21 smart helmet seduces you before syncing with your phone. A streamlined feather light, created in collaboration with Spanish design studio Ruma, available in mint, purple, white and black (use black, thank you). Powerful wide-angle LED front beam, excellent before dawn and after dusk. Brake light on the back of the head. Remote-controlled side indicators that clip to the handlebars (meaning you don’t have to stretch your arms or balance while navigating a windy road). Light intensity can be changed via the app and the helmet is also paired with iHealth, Siri and the social network Strava so you can track statistics and try out better fellow riders. If you make a serious fall, it will detect a pause in movement and send SOS alerts and GPS signals of your whereabouts to emergency services. Skillfully rotate important accessories.

Rival EVO21, £ 99.99


Barista-style coffee no matter where you walk around

Wacaco Picopresso, £ 131.88

Wacaco Picopresso, £ 131.88

The creators of the great-named picopresso aren’t going to tell you that their tiny new releases will help with easy brewing. “There are no shortcuts to picopresso,” I read a rigorous explanation on the website of Wakaco, a Hong Kong startup behind a series of impressive travel espresso makers. However, this palm-sized gimmick allows you to manually pull out an espresso shot suitable for a Melbourne barista from a beachside or remote hut. In addition to a smooth black canister made up of a series of stainless steel parts, you’ll need boiling water, coffee beans, a hand grinder, and patience. (If you want to use the shortcut, you can buy very finely ground beans.) The 23-step process of grinding, tamping and pulling produces a consistently smooth and rich double shot. The process can be meditated when surrounded by nature. Indeed, a drive to refine your routine may prove as addictive as the caffeinated drink it creates.

Wakako Picopresso, £ 131.88

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