Indispensable, necessary or superfluous? Faced with many electronic gadgets that can unnecessarily clutter our suitcases during the summer holidays, other equipment, sometimes unknown, can sometimes be very useful. Intelligent translator, tracker, nomadic safe … A few days before the first summer walks, “20 Minutes” slips some finds into your backpack that you will soon not want to do without!
To translate your conversations: The Pocket Talk Plus Translator from Motion Talk
You do not need to have a dictionary of the local language with you when you travel abroad. The Pocket Talk Plus pocket translator from Motion Talk plays the interpreter.
By integrating 82 languages, the small device (12.2 x 6.6 x 1.14 cm) is very simple to use: simply select the language you want to translate and the one you want to translate it to. All that is left is to press the central button and speak and the device will run, show the translation but also speak it. It comes with a SIM card that allows translation in 130 countries for free for 2 years. 299 euros.
Our opinion: Faced with the translation capabilities offered by certain smartphones, such as Google’s Pixel 6, this solution remains more ergonomic and practical. Able to translate a conversation that lasts more than 5 hours uninterrupted, the small accessory can appeal to both tourists and professionals. It now has a camera that makes it possible to translate signs, posters, menus, texts …
To pay without cash: The Fyve bracelet from Transcash
With Mastercard’s FYVE payment bracelet, payment for small purchases (up to 50 euros) does not require you to bring a bank card, cash, smartphone and even less a connected watch.
NFC, equipped with a payment chip, just approach the front of the bracelet at a payment terminal to pay at the bakery, at the kiosk, at the local grocery store or at a club. 20 euros (with 5 euros preloaded).
Our opinion: Available in early July in tobacconists / press offices, this bracelet cashless »In silicone is available in 8 colors. His card can be recharged simply with the Transcash Mastercard mobile application or on the transvase.fr website. It is certainly a reliable and secure means of payment for excursions or for children. But the principle is not new, there are others similar, especially developed by Paypal for this summer’s festivals.
To protect your belongings on the beach: UpLock safe from UpFiner
Where to put keys, purse, smartphone, jewelry … when you’re on the beach? Answer: in a nomadic safe! This is what UpLock from the startup UpFiner offers.
Either a safe and waterproof case measuring 16 x 25 x 5 cm and weighing 550 grams, with a capacity of 1.2 liters. Running on two AA batteries and locked and unlocked using a touchpad, UpLock features a theft detection system and an alarm that goes off when someone grabs it. 129 euros.
Our opinion: This coffin undoubtedly meets many expectations. Designed, developed and manufactured in France (in Occitania), it realizes a great idea that can soothe with its 85 db alarm (the sound level of a classic house alarm). But it is impossible to find the safe if it is stolen, as this solution is not equipped with a GPS beacon. Without a doubt a track to be developed by the young Toulouse start-up UpFiner!
To find everything: Apple’s Air Tag
In the form of a 2 euro coin, this little tracker is the ultimate dizzying tool for finding their belongings (small items, bags, suitcases, etc.).
The accessory can be configured in a minute with an iPhone and then allows you to find everything … within a few inches. Each AirTag can be named (keys, wallet, etc.) and then found wherever it is. For this, Apple uses its fleet of hundreds of millions of smartphones so that any brand sought can be discovered. The client’s Plan application then guides the owner to his small tracker and the corresponding object. 35 euros each, 119 euros for four.
Our opinion: Not given AirTag, but what efficiency! In constant testing since launch just a year ago, the lighthouse has repeatedly allowed us to find our keys, to be warned when our backpack, to which Apple’s small pendant was attached, was too far away … even to find a bag forgotten in a restaurant. NOTE, AirTag is sold without a hook. Give another fifteen euros.
To purify water: LaVie 2GO bottle from LaVie
To refresh yourself with water that is always clean during your walks, the LaVie 2GO bottle removes the taste of chlorine and its derivatives from LaVie.
Its principle? That with a glass bottle that we fill and then throw into a neoprene box. Connected to the mains for 15 minutes, it uses UV-A radiation, which will break down the chlorine molecules and remove the other chemical substances present in the water, such as pesticides, bacteria or traces of medicine. 99 euros per filter bottle. 14.90 euros for the extra 0.5 l bottle.
Our opinion: With its 0.5 liter format, this bottle of bamboo cap designed by an Aix-based start-up has the advantage that it can be transported anywhere and avoids the purchase of plastic bottles. Then waste is generated. If the basic investment is significant, it would pay off in a year for a family of two, according to the designer of the product.