These days, gadgets are becoming slimmer, lightweight, and more portable. Many times this comes with the sacrifice of durability and brawn. When it comes to traveling, gadgets should be designed to withstand some added wear and tear (and remain relatively portable). Here are some of the most useful travel gadgets that are almost unbreakable:
Say goodbye to umbrellas that turn inside out in windy conditions — this handcrafted umbrella from Europe boasts strength to support the weight of a grown man. It doubles as a walking aid and self-defense weapon with a steel frame weighing less than two pounds.
This brawny military watch held the world record for water resistance from 2005 to 2008 at up to 20,000 feet of water submersion. According to Tech UK MSN, it can also “survive shotgun blasts, dynamite explosions, and being hurled out of an aeroplane.” For those who can afford the 2,299 euro price tag, it may just be the last watch you’ll ever need.
Waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof up to three meters, this digital camcorder has “brawn and brains.” The latest model is durable and produces very good video quality for its price and size. While there’s no flash or video light, it records in full HD video and comes with easy-to-use editing software.
Quoted on CNET reviews as being the “toughest compact camera money can buy,” this camera from Olympus has all the features for an everyday shooter: a 14 megapixel sensor, 5x wide optical zoom, dual-image stabilization, and a heavy-duty frame. It can be dropped from meters, submerged to 10 meters and frozen to -10°C without any damage.
A new smartphone screen is being developed by LG to be produced later this year or mid-2013. The concept is that plastic will replace glass screens, making it thinner and stronger. No more dropping your smart phone and holding your breath to see if the screen cracked: LG hopes this new revolutionary screen will help the company meet its goal of selling 35 million smartphones every year.
Imagine a flashlight so durable it can withstand getting run over by a military tank. Made from a solid bar of aluminum, the Excursion LS4 has unmatched ruggedness and performance. It has a powerful LED bulb and specialized optics to produce a tight 10-degree beam capable of cutting through fog and smoke. The product meets FAA requirements for a commercial pilot’s flashlight and has a depth rating of 1,000 feet.
Panasonic’s line of rugged laptops and tablets meets all military specifications and is resistant to falls from 120cm. It can withstand the infiltration of water, dust, and extreme temperatures while offering performance and speed. It has features like data encryption software, GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G mobile broadband, and all the ports you’ll ever need (HDMI,USB, audiojack). It’s sealed tight rubber doors sufficiently protect the interior when closed.
Vibrant audio quality and military-level durability are two features that make the $230 price tag for these headphones worth it. A hard steel headband protects a Kevlar reinforced audio cable. Better than the many flimsy headphones out there, the V-Moda Crossfade offers natural noise isolation, an ultimate ergonomic feel, and a durable steel exterior without sacrificing comfort and portability.