TRENDS | CHRIS CHASE eWireless air pump lets you inflate your tires on-the-go
TECH TALK HERE’S THE LATEST ON WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AUTOMOTIVE GADGETS AND APPS. By Angela West While things finally look to be improving on the pandemic front, the status of our summer remains to be seen - but it is looking good. No matter what, you can take solace in knowing that you’ll always have the road. When it’s safe to do so, we’re all looking forward to packing our cars and heading out in search of adventure. Whether it means being able to shoot high definition footage of your trip or get the most out of your favourite songs and podcasts, new gadgets and accessories can make your upcoming road trips even more memorable. Here’s what’s happening in the world of automotive gadgets, apps, and accessories.
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The last thing you want to happen while you’re on the road is get stopped by a flat tire. Not only can this be extremely dangerous, but it can quickly put a damper on your entire trip. Thankfully, this isn’t the case when you have the InflateR all-in-one wireless air pump in your glove box. This lightweight tool can inflate everything from car tires to soccer balls and dinghies, making it perfect for taking with you on-the-go for whatever you might need. All you need to do is plug the device into your tire to check the PSI, use the buttons on the InflateR to adjust the PSI to the desired level, and press go. Before you know it, your tire will be ready to go. The InflateR features an auto off feature that shuts off once your tire is pumped, a built-in 2,000 mAh power bank to help you charge devices in case of emergency, and even an emergency flashlight so you can work in the dark. Find out how you can get your hands on the InflateR wireless air pump by visiting www.inflater.com. Tire inflators, of course, are available at nearly any Canadian Tire, but the InflateR is made to inflate pretty much anything. Enjoy the perfect hands-free experience with Amazon Echo Auto Taking your digital assistant on-the-go can make your life a whole lot easier, which is exactly what the Amazon Echo Auto aims to do. Bring Alexa along for the ride with the Echo Auto, connecting directly into your vehicle’s USB port or cigarette lighter and mounting to an air vent. From there, simply connect to Echo Auto with your device, tune your stereo to Bluetooth or use an auxiliary cable and voila -
Alexa is right there with you to find your favourite songs, audiobooks or podcasts, to find nearby businesses and hotspots, make calls for you, or even check your calendar. The Echo Auto features 8 microphones that are sure to pick up your voice no matter where you’re sitting, and will even hear you over road noise. For moments when you don’t want Alexa to listen, you can easily use the device’s microphone off button to protect your privacy, or voice recording controls to view, hear, and delete what you’ve said to Alexa. With the Echo Auto, you’ll never have to worry about taking your hands off the steering wheel for a second - this hands-free experience lets you get anything done without ever taking your attention off the road. If you’re solidly entrenched in the Google ecosystem instead, Google Assistant works with the Android Auto app for a similar experience. Find out more about everything the Amazon Echo Auto can do for your future road trips at www.amazon.ca. This portable mini fridge means never settling for warm drinks again
Let’s face it, refrigerated glove boxes never really worked that well to actually chill drinks, which is probably why they aren’t a popular option anymore. Sometimes the best part of a road trip is finding a cozy spot, popping open your cooler and enjoying a nice cold beverage or snack while you contemplate the world around you. The Cooluli 4 Liter Small Mini Fridge is the perfect option for drivers looking to keep their food and beverages reliably chilled on a long trip. This small mini fridge is perfect for use in the car, with AC and DC power cords, a USB charging cord