All new cars are required to have a backup camera and screen, many of which double as a digital console. For the many drivers who aren’t selling their older model anytime soon, it’s now possible to retrofit a futuristic heads-up display on the dashboard. Navdy is a new portable HUD that fits into any car with an OBD-11 port. Paired with a smartphone, the device provides turn-by-turn navigation, fuel information and Bluetooth calling, all displayed on a clear screen that resembles a hologram on your windshield. Navdy can be controlled with voice commands and motion detection as well as a dial accessory that clips onto the steering wheel. $499.
BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35
Bose gets a lot of flak for selling overpriced products, but the company’s one saving grace is its exceptional noise-canceling technology. While you can find better sound quality with other headphones in the same price range, Bose’s QuietComfort line is still the best when it comes to finding peace. The 35 is the wireless version of the popular QuietComfort 25, updating the technology with a rechargeable battery, an integrated remote and the Bose Connect app. There’s also a headphone jack if your batteries run out or if you want to enjoy in-flight entertainment without the sound of jet engines. $349.95.
WITHINGS HAIR COACH
You’re probably familiar with the smart home company Withings. Its latest product is the Hair Coach, designed in collaboration with L’Oreal and Kérastase. We’re still waiting for the price, reportedly less than $200, getting you a typical brush loaded with a microphone to identify your hair type, conductivity sensors to detect wet hair and an accelerometer and gyroscope to measure your brushing power. Depending how you feel about smart products, the Hair Coach is either ingenious or an overpriced way of finding out you’re brushing too hard. All the information is sent to a WiFi-connected app, giving you the data in real time. Available fall 2017. Price TBD.
DJI PHANTOM 4 PRO
Drones are all the rage, popular with kids and professionals alike. DJI is one company on the forefront of bringing these devices to the mainstream, manufacturing industrial-grade drones for professionals and consumer-grade drones for the backyard pilot. Its Phantom line is especially popular with beginners and veterans alike, striking the right balance between features and affordability. The Phantom 4 Pro has a range of more than 900 feet, a flight time of 30 minutes, a 4K camera and a 20-megapixel sensor. On top of that, the drone can reach a remarkable top speed of 45 mph, pretty fast for a consumer-grade drone. $1,499.
As harmful to the environment as air travel is, some airports are taking measures to become more environmentally conscious. One example is Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where an adjacent solar farm powers certain airport operations.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Ryanair will soon start its first round-trip Georgia flights. The flights, which start this November, will connect the capital Tbilisi (TBS) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) four times weekly and the western city of Kutaisi (KUT) to Bologna (BLQ) and Marseille (MRS), both twice weekly. Then, in April, Ryanair will add twice weekly flights between Tbilisi and Cologne (CGN).
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Attend one of the most acclaimed fall events, Autumn at the Arboretum, in Dallas. In its 14th year, the annual event is known as one of the best pumpkin festivals in the country, with its creative displays featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The event takes place at Dallas Arboretum, Sept. 21 –Oct. 31. Alongside thousands of pumpkins, guests glimpse 150,000 autumn flowers across the 66-acre space.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.