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Top Ten Gadgets On The Savvy
Traveler’s Christmas Wish List
NEEDHAM, MA, DECEMBER 11, 2006 - It’s that joyous time of year again!  With one exception… with just two weeks to go until Christmas, you’re pulling your hair out because you still can’t find a gift for that special someone who seems to have everything.  Fortunately, if that special someone happens to be one of the millions of jet-setting, road-weary business travelers who seemingly spends more time on a plane, cab or hotel room than they do at home, a firm that serves the technology needs of those travelers has identified several new gadgets and gizmos that are sure to make them smile when they unwrap your gift.

Unlike years ago where a worn address book, travelers’ checks and some paper airline tickets were all a business traveler needed to jet around the world, it seems as if today the modern traveler is more wired than a Hen House and can’t think of starting a trip without a myriad of gizmos and gadgets.  KoolConnect Technologies should know.  Their company provides ultra-advanced HD in-room entertainment systems in luxury hotels and over the past several years has had to expand their systems to accommodate affluent travelers who want to hook up their iPods, laptops, digital cameras and other gadgets to their televisions while on the road.

Since KoolConnect expects this gadget trend to continue and evolve as electronics become even more pervasive among travelers, they’ve weeded through the specs, acronyms and Gigabits, sorted through literally thousands of gadgets and have come up with a list of the Top Ten Perfect Gifts for the tech-savvy traveler:

Who says games are just for kids?  Even executives will love the fun and excitement of the Sony Playstation® in transit!  Much more than simply a mobile Playstation, the PSP™ is a lightweight and compact portable entertainment center with MP3 and video playback capabilities, a high-resolution 4.3 inch color TFT LCD screen, built in stereo system, input/ output connectivity and more. Games may be played online against other players via the 802.11 b Wi-Fi feature and users will simply adore the wide variety of cinema entertainment on this amazing handheld.  

Savvy and chic, the Nokia N72 cellular phone not only incorporates the latest advancements in cellular technology, but enhances its users’ smart and sophisticated sense of style. This mega-hip phone comes in both pearl pink and gloss black with a matching wrist strap and headset while allowing for photo and video enhancement with Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition. Furthermore, the N72 has USB 2.0 connectivity, Bluetooth capability, is available in Tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900) frequency and allows for up to 20 MB of internal dynamic memory.   Tech-savvy and chic!

The true definition of entertainment in transit, Apple® has released its 5th generation of luxury audio devices just in time for the holidays. Now available in a thinner design and five stylish colors, the iPod® 5G holds up to 20,000 songs, 25,000 photos and nearly 100 hours of video for endless media and audio entertainment while traveling, shopping or just hanging out at home.  It seems like everyone has an iPod® these days so don’t let your loved one be left out!
Air travel is more hectic and cumbersome than ever, but at least you can enjoy some peace and quite during the flight!  If your loved one has had enough of jet noise, flight announcements, crying babies and other airline noise pollution, then get them the luxuriously designed Bose Quiet Comfort® headphones. Their patented noise reduction technology was specifically engineered for airline travel, and blocks out all background sounds while providing a clear, rich audio experience for movies, music and much more. 

Navigation systems are sizzling hot gifts this year and if your special someone spends a lot of time in the car on business, then the TomTom One is perfect.  The TomTom ONE portable GPS navigation system combines the portability and cutting edge technology of a GPS touch screen with an elegant and simplistic design. User friendly and compact, the TomTom One includes a Plug & Go pre-installed memory card, which means there’s no need to download or manage complicated software, and contains the latest and most complete maps available. With the TomTom One, the user is ensured a quick safe route with door-to-door navigation from anywhere in the country.   And since that special someone will be singing your praises each time they use the TomTom to avoid a traffic jam, it’ll be the gift that keeps on giving!

A must have for the ladies!  Never “fry” your gadget again while traveling overseas!  The Dual Wattage Converter kit allows you to use your travel iron, hair dryer and other appliances around the globe by converting 240-volt foreign electricity to US standard 120-volt. Its five county coded-adapters help the traveler to easily plug into corresponding outlets in the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North and South America.  And to put it’s value in perspective, it could be mean the difference between your special someone attending that big sales meeting with spectacular curly hair, or a flat, lifeless ‘do!

Nothing’s more frustrating than not being able to communicate properly when asking directions, ordering a meal or stumbling through basic conversations in a foreign land.   With the Lingo TR_2203 Pacifica Talk Talking Translator, your favorite traveler will no longer have to learn a foreign language to converse overseas. This state of the art translator converts over 200,000 words and 25,000 useful and popular phrases in 10 different languages, and then teaches the user how to phonetically pronounce the words at the touch of a button. Also acting as a business organizer, the Lingo TR_2203 allows the user to store all appointments, contacts and memos, provides metric and currency conversions and holds real world time in over 200 cities. Light and compact (5.5 ounces), the Lingo Pacifica Talk 10 is small enough to fit in a shirt or pant pocket and has an easy-to-use keyboard. 

As hectic as traveling is, it can be equally dull.  With the Delphi XM MyFi™ Portable Satellite Radio, however, your special someone will never be bored.  They’ll enjoy real time content from a huge array of custom radio stations, 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world. This incredible portable audio device additionally incorporates the XM Ultimate Playlist, up to 5 hours of fresh content and a host of XM channels (with no computer downloading or list management) live from coast to coast by satellite feed. The Delphi XM MyFi unit can also wirelessly transmit to any FM radio speaker system, car, home or portable device and comes complete with a large, illuminated LCD display, personal stock ticker, sports score ticker, alarm clock and more. 
OK, let’s face it… without enough “juice,” even the most sophisticated and valuable gadget is worthless!  That’s why the iGo Juice70 is near the top of our list.  The portable iGo Juice70 Universal adaptor weighs less than 9 ounces and allows for the recharging of notebook computer power as well as a second media device (such as a cellular phone or MP3 player) simultaneously. 

… and if we can get a drum roll from the Little Drummer Boy…

KoolConnect’s number one recommended gift for the global traveler!  This amazing device allows the weary road warrior to kick back, watch the Steelers vs. Giants game from their hotel room in Tokyo, laugh out loud at Seinfeld re-runs in a Dubai café or enjoy the latest episode of House at a Parisian hotel along the Seine.  It’s no surprise this was rated the top gift – Slingbox™ has literally transformed the way people watch TV as it turns any Internet-connected PC, Mac, or mobile device into the user’s home television.  So wherever your loved one is in the world, they can still catch their favorite local shows!

About KoolConnect

KoolConnect Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of advanced digital and HD media on demand solutions to luxury and upscale hotels worldwide.  KoolConnect was the first company to offer HD VOD in the hospitality industry and today serves nearly 20,000 rooms in prestigious properties in the US, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Dubai and Caribbean.  To learn more about KoolConnect, visit


Ilanna Walden
KoolConnect Technologies

Also See: KoolConnect Launches New Era of Luxury Media Solutions at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong; Industry leading Intrigue™ HDVOD solution adds new IPTV, PVR and Bang & Olfsen theater system integration features for hotel guests / November 2006
KoolConnect Appoints Leading Studio Expert Suzanne Rainey as Vice President of Content / October 2006
KoolConnect Appoints Award-Winning Entertainment Technology Executive Chet Smith as Chief Technical Officer / August 2006
KoolConnect Discloses Influx Of Significant Amounts of New Investment Capital / August 2006
KoolConnect Promotes Dave Tahan to C.O.O. ; Longtime Video on Demand and Studio Releations Expert's Position Elevated to Top Executive Role / August 2006
KoolConnect Reports “Huge” Interest in IPTV and PVR at HITEC 2006 / July 2006
KoolConnect Acquires VOD Operations of Entertainment Media & Telecom Corporation Ltd. / November 2005


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