The Wello health tracker doubles as an iPhone case, making it the first device to measure and record your vitals wherever you are. Put your fingers on the embedded sensors and get key readings — blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature and electrocardiography — with medical-grade accuracy. There’s even a spirometer attachment (currently included) that measures lung capacity. Wello syncs the data to the accompanying app on your phone via Bluetooth and connects to other fitness trackers such as Fitbit devices, so you can see all your data in one place. Available for iPhone 4s/5/5s and compatible with Android devices as a stand-alone unit. Pre-order while FDA approval is pending; expected to ship this fall. $199.
This cloud-based WiFi video monitoring system is ridiculously user-friendly: Just plug in the camera, connect to your WiFi network, name the camera, create a free account and start live streaming. You can view live HD video, receive alerts for motion and sound on your smartphone or other devices and drop in live to talk to people (or pets). The optional Cloud Recording service saves up to 30 days (720 hours) of continuous video, so you can review footage on your device and share clips with family and friends. Dropcam features a 130-degree field of view, zoom capability, two-way talk and night vision. $199.
Polaroid Socialmatic Camera
Polaroid’s iconic Instamatic meets the social media age in this zippy, innovative camera. The WiFi-enabled, Android-based Polaroid Socialmatic lets you connect with your favorite apps to share your photos instantly — or print them from the camera on ink-free 2-inch by 3-inch paper with ZINK Zero Ink printing technology for smudgeproof, water-resistant and tear-resistant photos. Equipped with a 14-megapixel main lens, an LED flash and a 4.5-inch touch screen, it’s destined to become another icon. Available this fall. Price TBD.
Plantronics Voyager Edge
This sleek, futuristic Bluetooth headset optimizes your voice and minimizes noise caused by wind and background sounds. It also supports wideband audio, making it compatible with smartphones enabled for HD Voice. Its responsive smart sensor technology redirects calls to your phone or headset, pauses music for incoming calls and automatically answers calls as you place the headset on your ear. It also syncs to your contacts so you can hear who’s calling without having to look at your screen. Simply say “answer” to take the call, or “ignore” to send it to voicemail. Its portable charging case enables 16 hours of talk time. $129.99.
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
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Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.