Gadgets and Apps – Welcome to the Future of Travel

Travel’s facelift for the 21st century has been radical and far-reaching. Skype and wifi have replaced the ritual of calling home by feeding endless foreign coins into a phone box, updating your Facebook status is the new postcard, and travellers are increasingly likely to use ‘augmented reality’ rather than have a guidebook tucked under their arm.

If anything, the pace of change continues to quicken – exciting, sometimes mind-boggling innovations are appearing all the time, meaning how we interact with places and people keeps on evolving. Below are some of our favourite gizmos and gadgets.

iLingual

A phrasebook like no other – download the iLingual app, take a photo of your mouth, the app then has over 400 phrases your mouth can ‘say’. Cue the odd sight of travellers holding their iphones in front of their actual mouths as the screen ‘talks’. Watch a video for this app – a demo is better than any written explanation. Only a few languages on offer at the moment, but it can’t be long until iPhone-bearded travellers are pow-wowing in Swahili on the Serengeti savannah.

Word Lens

Very Star Trek this one, another app for those struggling with mastering a foreign language. Word Lens only currently translates English-Spanish, but it’s a neat idea and could be genuinely useful. All you need to do is aim your iPhone camera at some printed text and Word Lens translates it in realtime. You need never struggle over a foreign language newspaper again (or at least not a Spanish language one).

Google goggles

Google goggles may just be the biggest game-changer of all. It’s still in its infancy, but the image recognition software is looking a pretty awesome and versatile travel tool. Here’s how it works: you’re strolling around a city, or a museum or gallery, you take a snap of something you want to know more about it, if Google recognises the subject of the image it will bring up search results. Cue instant expertise and a handy tool for appearing knowledgeable about, well, everything – from sourcing well-reviewed restaurants to enabling you to wax expertly on, say, pre-Incan Peruvian art. In other words, this may be the ultimate dating tool.

World Customs

We always give people who travel with us with plenty of tips and guidance about local cultures and etiquette in foreign countries, so this app is right up our street. Pick your country and then you’ll be presented with a load of helpful info on the destination – from law & order to religious etiquette to taboos. Great for sorting out your do’s from your don’ts.

And a couple of lower-tech gadgets we like…

Solar-powered LED light and water bottle cap

This one looks genuinely good doesn’t it? Mixing water and electricity perhaps isn’t intuitively clever, but the sealing means you’ve got nothing to worry about, and the light is supposed to be decent enough for a tent lantern. The idea of a solar-powered torch may lead cynics to snipe about artificial light being a little redundant if the sun is beating down, but ignore them – this has a good charge, is cheap, light and saves space, and is environmentally intelligent.

The daddy of all Swiss Army Knives

A supercharged multi-tool that looks like it’s on steroids. 87 tools on offer, including – at last! – a golf shoe spike wrench. All that’s missing is a flux capacitor. This one kilo treat fits snugly into your pocket, providing your pocket is 30cm long. A snip at nearly $1000AUD, plus postage, which presumably bumps the final price tag up a bit, not least because the instruction manual must run to a couple hundred pages.

DOS Games and Today’s Video Game Market

DOS games is a vital part of gaming history and has helped get many modern games to the point they are today. If you’re not quite sure on what DOS means or what kind games have been released as DOS games then read this article it might be very beneficial for you.

DOS stands for “disk operating system” and is a shorthand term for many close related systems what dominated the market between 1981 and 1995. You will see many DOS related systems such as MS-DOS, PC DOS, Free DOS and many more. During the height of DOS operating system there was many DOS games developed and released. These ranged from simple video games such as Pacman to complex adventure games. You can still download and play DOS games to date.

Many DOS games have helped influence games of today some very basic ideas are still continued in the market today. Platformers are constantly used over and over and are making a big return in many modern games. In which a lot of modern games have returned to the roots and going back to basic principles seen in many classic games. These games are now flooding mobile network app markets.

There now is a huge amount of DOS video games which are available to download. To be precise there is over five hundred that can be downloaded. These consist of shareware, freeware and demos of many popular titles which have been released many years ago. A lot of these DOS programs are the starters for great companies such as Blizzard, iD software, Westwood and many more.

The current gaming scene as most people who know a fair about games would know that a lot of developers have started to move towards 2d rather than the 3d you have seen so much. This is a great relief from all the 3d try hard realistic games which are now on the market. Any of these however never beats the classic Pacman or pong. Which for many would bring back memories of these when there use to a lot of arcades about.

Overall DOS games have made a huge mark on gaming today and it is a good sign to see a lot of these ideas making a return to the modern-day market. If you’re have a slight interest in classic games then there are plenty of sites out there which are currently offering these games for free. As they should be as most of them are either freeware or shareware.

Online Educational Learning Games for Kids

Is your kid super-talented? Does well in academics, or co-curricular activities? Are you worried that with the inclining cost of premier and simple education, you’ll be unable to give your genius of a kid a financial backing? All of us, parents, want to give our children the right platform to nurture and showcase their abilities and secure their future and online scholarships are one of the best means to fund your little all-rounder’s education, or talent and give him a head start in life.

Whether you have a kid who’s doing well in academics, a co-curricular activity, sports, or is an all-rounder, scholarships can be like a virtual helping hand that lets you cover a huge portion of the required investment for the field. Unlike loans, scholarships for your kid do not require payback in any form. If he or she is talented in that particular field, online scholarships can help solve your issue. And, if you have a kid who is a genius, can handle a long-term preparation process, and you want to secure monetary backing, you should go in for an online scholarship today.

An interesting teaching and learning activity that has been recently highlighted are the online games! This is the new way of learning that most kids are often attracted to and don’t mind spending the time to learn and develop skills through these games.

Having said that, online games meant for educational and learning purposes can have a drastic effect on the Child experts have identified the benefits of online educational games are mentioned here – Video games give your child’s brain a real workout. In many video games, the skills required to win involve abstract and high level thinking. These skills are not even taught at school and mostly can’t be unless the situation arises.

This process requires a great deal of eye-hand coordination and visual-spatial ability to be successful. Research also suggests that people can learn iconic, spatial, and visual attention skills from video games. There have been even studies with adults showing that experiences with video games are related to better surgical skills.

Resource management and logistics. The player learns to manage resources that are limited, and decide the best use of resources, the same way as in real life. These strategy games also helps device a strategy that is best suited for the situation.

Apart from these, online games help the child develop teamwork and cooperation when played with others – many games are played online and involve cooperation with other online players in order to win. Thus, online games have proven to be powerful contributing factors to a child’s development.