Watching the reactions of people seeing color for the first time is a quite emotional experience. Not too often one sees a new technology that truly has the power to change people’s lives in a positive direction.

This is the kind of technology that has an incalculable value for those who benefit from it. It’s like waking up from a dull dream into a stimulating, interesting world; like, after eating flavorless food for years, having the most delicious meal.

Like many other great inventions, the Enchroma glasses were born out of a fortuitous accident. Don McPherson, a doctor in glass science, noticed color transformations while wearing a pair of glasses coated with a lens formula he invented to protect the eyes during laser surgery. Long story short, this lead to research and ultimately to the foundation of Enchroma (in partnership with another scientist called Andrew Schemder) and the development of a consumer product which allows the colorblind to see the world in all its magnificence.

How does it work? In their own words: “Enchroma created a (patent pending) method called ‘multinotch’ filtering, cutting out sharp wavelengths of light to enhance specific colors. Enchroma lenses separate the overlapping red and green cones, helping improve vision for people who have difficulty seeing reds and greens.” I’ll be honest: I don’t know much about the science of perception, but the end point is that this technology works and it’s amazing. These guys have solved an important problem and have made it accessible for the general public.

This is the kind of technology that has an incalculable value for those who benefit from it. It’s like waking up from a dull dream into a stimulating, interesting world; like, after eating flavorless food for years, having the most delicious meal . I don’t say the colorblind suffer, as most don’t even know they are (You can take a color perception test here!), but just like the man who doesn’t know anything but his hometown, one lives without knowing there is more to enjoy. And here comes Enchroma to open these doors that were previously shut by delivering a tool that will allow everybody to enjoy the delights the world is ready to throw at our eyes at every corner.

If you are interested in learning more about this technology and the products offered, just click the link below.

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The Portable and Very Affordable Hangdrum’s Cousin

This instrument definitely holds one of the top positions when it comes to being portable and affordable and delivering blissful music for travelers and music enthusiasts, from the trained musician to that who has no musical knowledge. It’s manufactured by the Canadian brand HAPI Drum, and the model is called Ovni.

What’s better than taking part in a jamming session around the fireplace with your fellow travelers? Experimented wanderers will say that only a few things can trump that.

With this instrument jamming is pretty easy and intuitive.  For casual improvisation, musical theory knowledge is not demanded. The Ovni design is similar to that of the hangdrum, but with a slightly different way of producing sound and a different manufacturing process, though the principle is the same. It produces sound through the vibration of the steel “tongues”, which results in nine different tones in the scale of F or G. As all the possible sounds will be in the same scale, there aren’t any wrong notes and therefore everything will necessarily sound harmonious. The only things needed are rhythm and appreciation for beautiful, hypnotic music.

The Ovni is a great instrument for travelers. Weighting only 7.5 pounds, this instrument is ideal to hop around with and keep company to the veteran ukelele. It’s strong build added to the protection of the traveling case should keep it safe. What’s better than taking part in a jamming session around the fireplace with your fellow travelers? Experimented wanderers will say that only a few things can trump that.

Considering the cost of quality hangdrums, which is usually no less than $1500, at $350 the Ovni is a very affordable quality instrument and, if you are into music, it deffinitely has a lot of potential to add some great spice to your everyday.

If you are interested in knowing more about this product, click the link below and head to their official website!

Motorized, Rideable Luggage? Kudos to One of the Funnest Travel Ideas We’ve Seen Lately

This has got to be one of the most original ideas we’ve seen lately. It’s one of those inventions that immediately draw a smile on your face when you see them in action. Besides being actually very useful, this thing looks fun as hell.

Modobag, which is in a nutshell a segway-suitcase, is the brainchild of avid traveler and entrepreneur Kevin O’Donell from Chicago, USA. The idea struck him while pulling his children on his suitcase around in the airport, and along with his motorcyclist friend Boyd Burner, he developed this original piece to, in his own words, “make traveling more functional and fun”.

Who doesn’t imagine oneself cruising the airports in this segway-suitcase having fun like an eight-year old with his new power-wheels? I certainly do, and I can say it’s highly likely that you do too.

Modobag has a top speed of 8 mph, which is between three and four times our walking speed, and can carry people up to 260 lbs for a distance of 6 miles with a single charge, more than enough to move around a massive airport or train station more than twice. It’s size and shape (2000 cubic inches capacity) have been optimized to be spacious and accepted as hand luggage at the same time. It also has a dual usb charging dock. Though this would drain the battery and so the range of the “vehicle” would be compromised, this draining is not significant enough to affect the performance noticeably, as the high capacity battery can take this small bites like a champ.

Modobag is built with a lightweight aluminum chasis and a ballistic nylon exterior with YKK zippers. As of the date this article was published, the final weight of the product hadn’t been disclosed, but the prototypes shown and tested in airport stands don’t seem to be particularly heavy. And given the materials, durability shouldn’t be an issue either. We’ll have to wait and see how the final product fairs, but until now, it all seems to be going in the right direction.

Who doesn’t imagine oneself cruising the airports in this segway-suitcase having fun like an eight-year old with his new power-wheels? I certainly do, and I can say it’s highly likely that you do too.

Modobag has already raised multiple times it’s Indiegogo crowdfunding goal of $100,000 and pre-orders don’t seem to be slowing down. If you are interested in getting your own piece, click the link below and check the deals these guys are currently offering.

Introducing an Incredibly Versatile GPS Tracker to Boost the Travel Experience

For people like me that (let’s face it) suffer a slight attention disorder and also like to move around and travel as much as possible, this product is an absolute wonder.

The idea is simple: a universal GPS tracker attachable to virtually anything. Though the product was originally meant to track pets (the loss of a beloved pet of the founder is the motive behind the creation of this product) it has been improved to track everyone and everything through a ton of features; it can be used to find lost objects (cars, bikes, bags, etc.), to protect your valuables by setting a virtual fence and receiving proximity alerts, to monitor unexpected movements of the tracked object, to record your own trips and rides and everything else your imagination allows. It’s features make it an incredibly useful gadget in many situations. It even detects changes in the wind, tide and waves while out in the ocean and has an ultrasonic module for controlling the behavior of your pet or keeping the birds at bay.

As a traveler, I can think of a thousand ways this product could help. More than once I’ve had trouble finding my way back to my car, felt unsafe when leaving my bike parked somewhere remote, lost sight of my dog out in the woods, lost track of my trekking pals, etc.

All of this is controlled through an app that (this is the only negative point I can give to this gadget) will cost 4.95$/month if bought anually. I don’t like the fact that I have to pay more than what I already spent on the product itself to make it useful, but if the service I’ll get is the same that Pod has been delivering with it’s previous products for the last couple of years and, given the huge number of situations in which this gadget can be useful, I can’t complain. People at Pod have earned their reputation, and I surely don’t expect them to let me down.

For all of us who want one of these right away, the news are bittersweet. Pod 3 is not being produced for retail yet, but luckily they are in the last testing stages and production is scheduled to begin this May. You can pre-order one through Kickstarter and get it for a better price. Just click the link below!

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