Here are some gadgets that will keep you busy at home as well as come handy on your next vacation. By Vaibhav Sharma
Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ Telescope
Pollution-free skies spell great stargazing opportunities—whether you’re lounging in your balcony or enjoying a post-lockdown vacation in the mountains. The Powerseeker 114EQ offers quick, tool-free setup, comes with dual eyepieces and a 3x lens, and has fine-tuned controls for accurate positioning. It is perfect for amateurs and quite compact, making it the ideal choice for weekend trips. INR 17,000/USD226.
Google Chromecast 3
The original streaming dongle is back, and it’s better than ever before. With voice control via Google Assistant and support for popular apps—from Netflix to Amazon Prime Video to Disney+Hotstar—it’s the best way to watch shows on TV. The Chromecast is also very compact, and since it doesn’t require a tedious setting-up process (you control it via apps on your phone), it’s an easy way to get your favourite content on your hotel TV too. INR 3,499/USD46.
Moment Macro 10x Lens
Travel nuts obsess about wide angles and telephoto lenses, but let’s not ignore macro lenses. These can add a new dimension to your photos. Capture rich textures, materials, insects, and flowers with Moment’s Macro 10x. The quality is top-notch unlike most smartphone lens attachments, and there’s a lifetime warranty. INR 7,500/USD100.
WD My Passport Wireless Pro Portable Drive
This wireless 1TB external hard disk keeps your documents and work files safe at home, and also doubles up as a media repository for your hotel room. USB 3.0 wired connectivity offers fast data transfer of larger files, there’s up to 10 hours of battery backup, and it
can also be used as a power bank. But what we love the most is the integrated SD card reader, which makes it ideal for photographers. INR 12,399/USD165.
Sony WH-H910N Wireless Headphones
Long-haul flights and noisy neighbours make you appreciate the utility of these noise-cancelling headphones. The 25mm drivers offer decent punch, there’s quick charging for those who are always on the go, and you get up to 35 hours of playback. INR 24,990/USD332.
CuriosityStream is a streaming service with apps for iOS, Android, and even Android TV. But it’s not your run-of-the-mill streaming service. It is perhaps the best destination for anyone who loves documentaries and wants to binge on a fun yet informative content. Dinosaurs, modern economics, UFOs, evolution, the moon landing—there’s something for everyone. INR 1,503/USD20 per year.