In March I hopped in a car with three other guys to drive from Detroit to Austin ending up at South by Southwest (SXSW). We were documenting the journey and collecting content along the way.
Well, the trip’s been over for a few months, but I wanted to share with you a few of the gadgets that made the trip – and the sharing of content possible.
I delivered my messages to the world via these items…
Macbook – as a writer, this is my preferred communications tool. With it I can write, blog, tweet, email and even record sound and video. This item won’t be far from my lap during the journey.
Zoom H2 recorder – As a technology reporter for NPR and as a lapsed podcaster, I’ve found this device to be an amazingly versatile and powerful tool for capturing all sorts of sound. It records in WAV and MP3 formats and is lighter than my cell phone.
Seagate FreeAgent|Go external hard drive – I’m still working on getting a video camera to document some of the events along the way and in anticipation of shooting video I know we’re going to need some storage devices. This little drive is 500GB of pure portability. I’m doing a separate review of this drive, but what I’ll let out of the bag right now is that there’s no better feeling than having digital room to expand when you’re creating content on a regular basis.
Sound, video and even written files have to go somewhere and there’s no way I’m deleting all my Jonathan Coulton songs off my Macbook’s HD.
**By the way, if you ever need to know about a tech gadget – search MobileMag.com – they’ve done…we’ve done reviews of nearly every gadget you’ve ever heard of from micro projectors to Google phones to iPhone apps to cases. We even put up recaps of big tech events and slice-of-life sharing of how we use gadgets in our day-to-day life.**
iPhone – ‘nuf said. Although during SXSW the unmodified iPhones required a visit from AT&T to boost local connectivity in downtown Austin as attendees at the show were sucking up all the bandwidth. My iPhone is on another network.
Olympus 720SW digital camera – It’s waterproof to 10 feet, it’s crushproof and it’s shock-proof. I’ve taken this thing to about 47 other countries and I’ve no doubt it can survive the comfy 1500 mile ride in a 2010 Ford Escape. It also returns great photos like this one at the 2006 Tour de France.
Various dongles, cables, batteries and headsets.
So, when you’re hitting the road make sure you figure out what you need and then see if we’ve used it and reviewed it.
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