Gadgets and Apps – Welcome to the Future of Travel

Travel’s facelift for the 21st century has been radical and far-reaching. Skype and wifi have replaced the ritual of calling home by feeding endless foreign coins into a phone box, updating your Facebook status is the new postcard, and travellers are increasingly likely to use ‘augmented reality’ rather than have a guidebook tucked under their arm.

If anything, the pace of change continues to quicken – exciting, sometimes mind-boggling innovations are appearing all the time, meaning how we interact with places and people keeps on evolving. Below are some of our favourite gizmos and gadgets.

iLingual

A phrasebook like no other – download the iLingual app, take a photo of your mouth, the app then has over 400 phrases your mouth can ‘say’. Cue the odd sight of travellers holding their iphones in front of their actual mouths as the screen ‘talks’. Watch a video for this app – a demo is better than any written explanation. Only a few languages on offer at the moment, but it can’t be long until iPhone-bearded travellers are pow-wowing in Swahili on the Serengeti savannah.

Word Lens

Very Star Trek this one, another app for those struggling with mastering a foreign language. Word Lens only currently translates English-Spanish, but it’s a neat idea and could be genuinely useful. All you need to do is aim your iPhone camera at some printed text and Word Lens translates it in realtime. You need never struggle over a foreign language newspaper again (or at least not a Spanish language one).

Google goggles

Google goggles may just be the biggest game-changer of all. It’s still in its infancy, but the image recognition software is looking a pretty awesome and versatile travel tool. Here’s how it works: you’re strolling around a city, or a museum or gallery, you take a snap of something you want to know more about it, if Google recognises the subject of the image it will bring up search results. Cue instant expertise and a handy tool for appearing knowledgeable about, well, everything – from sourcing well-reviewed restaurants to enabling you to wax expertly on, say, pre-Incan Peruvian art. In other words, this may be the ultimate dating tool.

World Customs

We always give people who travel with us with plenty of tips and guidance about local cultures and etiquette in foreign countries, so this app is right up our street. Pick your country and then you’ll be presented with a load of helpful info on the destination – from law & order to religious etiquette to taboos. Great for sorting out your do’s from your don’ts.

And a couple of lower-tech gadgets we like…

Solar-powered LED light and water bottle cap

This one looks genuinely good doesn’t it? Mixing water and electricity perhaps isn’t intuitively clever, but the sealing means you’ve got nothing to worry about, and the light is supposed to be decent enough for a tent lantern. The idea of a solar-powered torch may lead cynics to snipe about artificial light being a little redundant if the sun is beating down, but ignore them – this has a good charge, is cheap, light and saves space, and is environmentally intelligent.

The daddy of all Swiss Army Knives

A supercharged multi-tool that looks like it’s on steroids. 87 tools on offer, including – at last! – a golf shoe spike wrench. All that’s missing is a flux capacitor. This one kilo treat fits snugly into your pocket, providing your pocket is 30cm long. A snip at nearly $1000AUD, plus postage, which presumably bumps the final price tag up a bit, not least because the instruction manual must run to a couple hundred pages.

Download Free Wii Games Today

Downloading free Wii games is an idea that makes every console owner foam at the mouth. Wii’s are pretty hard to find these days, and are slowly winning the next generation console war. In the rest of this article we’ll show you how to download free Wii games..

The humble, affordable, underpowered Wii has already left a large impression on the history of games consoles. There are more Wii owners than any other current generation console, and most of them want nothing more than to download free Wii games. In order to do that, there are a few things every Wii owner should know about downloading free games…

1-Firstly, you need to decide on your definition of “free”. It is possible to download free Wii games of a few different kinds. The most obvious kind is the new games and big releases that you’d find in stores. You can usually find these to download if you know where to look, but it’s only legal for you to download them if you already own the original. You may wonder why people bother, but it’s purely to use as a backup, so they can use that version and save the original from being scratched or whatever. It may sound crazy but it’s true, and yes people do download free Wii games just for this purpose.

2-The other kind of game is the homebrew kind of game. A game that’s been home brewed is just what the title suggests, a game that’s been made in someone’s home, IE, not a big professional release. These games are obviously of a slightly lower quality than the big releases, but hey they are free, and you can find some genuinely interesting stuff. It’s quite common for new gaming ideas to first be used in homebrew stuff, things like physics and ragdoll effects.

How To Go About It:

If you are intent on downloading free Wii games as backup software for games you already have, you can’t just slide the copied disc into the Wii and have it work. Nintendo are far too smart for that, any disc that doesn’t contain special code and manufacturer information will be rejected. To prevent this you’ll need to install a new chip inside your Wii, on one of the empty serial buses. That’s right, I said inside. You’ll need to open your Wii, and there will be soldering and everything. Feeling queasy? Doesn’t seem like such a great idea now does it?

You’ll be glad to hear that it’s a lot easier to download free Wii games of the homebrew variety. You’ll need a few different things – An SD card, an Action Replay for Gamecube, an SD card adapter, and some software called Sdload. If you have all these things it’s literally as simple as connecting it all together and using the SD card with the code in Memory Slot A, and using the Action Replay in Memory Slot B. Once you’ve got all this done there are a big list of codes you’ll need to use to unlock the Action Replay cartridge, there’s not room here, but these are readily available on the net.

Hopefully this article has opened your eyes a little to the various methods to download free Wii games. If you’d like to see some of the best download sites on the net, check out the links below.

Using Korean Games and Applications to Help You Learn Korean

Utilizing games can be highly effective when trying to learn a new language. Likewise when it comes to learning Korean, there are a number of games available online to help you pick up the language at a fast rate.

The benefits of these different types online games is the fact they incorporate anything from understanding consonants, studying Korean numbers, basic Korean phrases and prepositions, learning vocabulary such as clothing, directions, ordering food, and the list goes on. The format of such Korean games ranges from picture matching, audio, quizzes and more.

Word Games

One of the more common types of games found online are word games. You can be given a word that appears on the left hand side, and your job is to match that Korean word with any of the provided examples on the opposite side, which would be written in English. Once you have learned to identify certain words, you can take it a step further and play a similar word game with using a specified time limit. With this little added pressure, you are forced to work and learn Korean at a faster pace. This kind of pressure can also boost ones confidence.

Putting Together Simple Phrases

This can be a very powerful way for anyone to not only your vocabulary in Korean, but to also learn how to formulate basic sentences. The more words you know, the easier it will be for you to put those words together forming simple phrases.

Free Of Charge

A huge advantage of many of these language learning games is that a majority of them are free. Everyone likes free stuff, and free games that are beneficial to your learning progress happens to be a win-win situation!

Mobile Applications

In addition to free software tools and learning language games, there are various applications you can download on your mobile phone. Apps such as Facebook applications, allow you to learn and share languages with friends and family. A points system incorporated in these apps can also encourage one to formulate phrases, sentences, and audio. This serves to be a highly convenient way for anybody to learn a particular language.

These sorts of online education learning tools can be quite fun! As you continue to discover several exciting ways to learn Korean through online games, video, audio, apps and free software programs, your basic skills will soon evolve into intermediate and advanced skills.

Who says learning can’t be any fun? As you play different types of fun activities through many of the free educational Korean games online, you will be honing your Korean language skills through learning more Korean vocabulary, Korean grammar, and ultimately Korean spelling. With so many powerful online language solutions, available software, and other popular free resources, you will see your progress change as you learn Korean.