Road Trip Tech – Kids Edition

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Ken: Some must have apps and gadgets for the road.

Julissa: Yes. Hey, good morning. All right. Are you doing some traveling this summer with Malcolm?

Ken: Absotutely.

Julissa: Okay.

Ken: Yeah! [Inaudible 00:08] A little road trip.

Julissa: Doing a little road trip. You guys doing a little road trip, possibly?

Female: Yeah. Yeah. Possibly. Yeah

Julissa: Possibly. You got a good kid though that probably doesn’t need…She’s okay. She probably doesn’t need to stop as often as we do at the bathroom.

Female: This is true. This is true.

Julissa: Ryan, with Nerds on Call. Great website to check out. But, let’s start with these headphones that are so cute.

Ryan: Yeah. We just got back from a road trip. A week at Disneyland with our two little ones.

Julissa: Okay, Okay.

Ryan: We tried to surprise them. They didn’t really care. But, this is from littlegadgets.com.

Julissa: Okay.

Ryan: These are $49.

Julissa: Okay.

Ryan: These are little Bluetooth headphones. The cool things is we get sound dampening on it.

Julissa: Oh!

Ryan: Because as soon as you hand a kid some headphones…

Julissa: They turn it on.

Ryan: They crank it up.

Julissa: They crank it up.

Ryan: So this way they can listen to “The Little Mermaid…”

Julissa: Yes.

Ryan: Or whatever they want to listen to, but it doesn’t hurt their ears.

Julissa: And, mom and dad don’t have to hear it.

Ryan: Yes, and there’s an auxiliary cable that you can either use for backup in case the battery dies, but this lasts, like, ten hours. Or, you can daisy-chain the two together if you only have one iPad. They can both listen to the exact same thing and the same time.

Julissa: Oh, that’s great! That’s great.

Ryan: Isn’t that cool?

Julissa: That is. Very cool!

Ryan: 49 bucks!

Julissa: Okay, I like it. I like it.

Ryan: These are their two best selling colors.

Julissa: Okay.

Ryan: So, let’s say you’ve got a lot of media, right?

Julissa: Yes.

Ryan: You’ve got a bunch of movies and stuff and you can’t load it all onto your iPad. This is a one-terabyte drive by Seagate. It’s a wireless. It creates its own wireless connection.

Julissa: Okay.

Ryan: And the cool this is that its got a battery in there that lasts ten hours.

Julissa: Wow!

Ryan: So, you just set it up. The kids can stream from it.

Julissa: Yes.

Ryan: Up to three devices can stream HD content directly from it, Up to seven devices can connect to it all at once.

Julissa: That is fantastic because right now I can fit, like, two movies and that’s about it.

Ryan: Yeah. So this is it. For about $80, you get 500 gigs. For up to $180, you can get up to two terabytes which is huge.

Julissa: Fantastic. Okay.

Ryan: Now, this is really cool. So, if you’re in an airplane or you’re in a car and you want your kids to be able to watch something. You don’t have one of those fancy Odyssey’s with the DVD player in it. This just straps right on to the car seat and allows them to watch the movies.

Julissa: Oh, there you go! So, this is for the back seat of a car and then this is for the airplane.

Ryan: And it’s really light weight and you can just put it on the car seat. It just wraps right around and stays there. The other cool part is that these guys, they will donate a month of water to kids in Guatemala if you buy it.

Julissa: Oh!

Male voice: Cool!

Ryan: And this is only like 25 bucks!

Julissa: That’s great! [Inaudible 02:10] that situation.

Ryan: Just buy it and throw it away and give some kids some water. That’s what I say.

Julissa: I love that! Love that. All right so, I mentioned this. When we’re on a road trip or actually when we’re going anywhere…

Ryan: Yes?

Julissa: It never fails. When I get in there: “Mom, I’ve got to go potty.”

Ryan: Yes! Instantly. Like, right after you get done going potty, they’ve got to go again!

Male voice: Right.

Ryan: I’ve got a son. He’s seven. We used to just open up the window and say, “Hang it out and just go pee.”

Male voice: Oh, my!

Ryan: Now with a little girl, we got to …[Inaudible 02:35]

Male Voice: Oh, my!

Ryan: So you go to sit…This is “Sit or Squat” by Charmin.

Julissa: Okay.

Ryan: The only problem with this app is you do have to give it access to your Facebook page.

Julissa: Okay.

Ryan: But it’s a really cool app.

Julissa: Okay.

Ryan: Check out what you see. Not only does it show you cool bathrooms you can go to that are okay to either sit or squat, but you also get pictures!

Julissa: Oh, Look at that! Look! That’s a good-looking bathroom right here.

Ryan: Who would not go to the bathroom in that bathroom? That is an excellent bathroom. So, Cafe Classico, good work!

Julissa: So, the other thing about this. If they’re showing up on this then that means you don’t need to buy something to use the bathroom, right?

Ryan: Yeah.

Julissa: They’re allowing you access into their restroom. Right?

Ryan: Yeah. That’s what’s important and it’s all user related stuff. All the users are doing the reviews and you can quickly see. Okay, that’s a good one. That’s not a good one.

Julissa: Okay. Gotcha. Gotcha.

Ryan: So, with your gas buddy, you’re done. You got a road trip going.

Julissa: So, the green indicating that’s a sit.

Ryan: Yes, otherwise it’s a squat. One of those little hover situations. Come on! You ladies know what I’m talking about.

Female: Oh, yes, we do! That’s why it’s funny. Try to hover with a purse on your back. Now, that’s funny. It’s Pilates!

Julissa: Yes! Oh my gosh! Fantastic! All right we’ve got all this information linked up on our website,

Ryan: Yes.

Julissa: gooddaysacramento.com and then of course, we’ve linked up with Nerds On Call.

Ryan: Yes. We’re doing a second segment…

Julissa: Yes.

Ryan: … On more road trip gadgets next hour.

Julissa: Okay.

Ryan: This is going to keep the parents and the kids sane, but the next one is going to be about safety and some other cool stuff.

Julissa: Oh, very important. All right Because, you know, it’s summer. Lot of people hit the road during the summer for the vacation time. So, thank you so much.

Ryan: You’re welcome.

Julissa: Always great to see you. We will have more coming up in the next hour. Ken, back over to you.

Road trips used to involve hours playing “name that tune” with the kids whining, “are we there yet?” These days, the kids are watching movies on a tablet, adults are reading digital magazines or listening to audiobooks and everyone’s plugged in. Nerds on Call wants to offer you some must-have apps and gadgets for your next family road trip.

  1. Seagate Wireless Plus

    The Seagate Wireless Plus is a mobile storage external hard drive that stores your media separately from your device, and lets you broadcast your videos and music over it’s built-in wireless network to up to 7 people. You can use it as a Wi-Fi hotspot for your devices when you are in a location with spotty tower connection – No bars? No Problem! Simply open your Wi-Fi settings as you would anywhere and find “Seagate Wireless” in the networks list to stream content stored on the Wireless Plus. Do you have more than 1 kid that wants to watch something different? No problem, Wireless Plus will allow up to 3 users to stream different content simultaneously. Long road trips are not a problem, users get up to 10 hours battery life on a single charge.
    Seagate Wireless Plus
    500GB $80 – 2TB $180

  2. LilGadgets Untangled Pro

    With LilGadgets’ Untangled Pro Wireless Bluetooth headphones, you no longer have to listen to dueling devices between your kids in the back seat. These wireless headphones are great and equipped with noise cancellation and sound damper which gives minimal sound leak from the headphones. They are wireless so no worrying about tangles, and if two kids are sharing one device, there is a cable connecter that will enable them to watch the same video on one device with their own headset. Untangled Pro also comes with a backup AUX cable just in case the batteries die mid trip, but that most likely won’t be a problem with their outstanding battery life.
    LilGadgets Untangled Pro Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
    $49 

  3. HighView iPad Hanger

    Here’s an interesting case for your iPad, the HighView iPad Hanger enables you to mount your iPad screen just about anywhere… such as the back of a headrest in the car.. or on the stroller while out and about, even on an airplane. This case is great if you have multiple kids sharing one iPad. Another cool thing about this product, is that for every HighView sold, they give a month’s supply of clean water to a classroom in Guatemala where they are deprived of clean drinking water. We think that’s pretty neat.
    HighView iPad Hanger
    $25which also gives a month supply of clean water to children in Guatemala

  4. Bonus App: Sit or Squat

    Spontaneity with kids definitely has it’s drawbacks, like finding a clean restroom in a hurry when your toddler has to go. Charmin has created this great app solution – Sit or Squat Restroom Finder – a user-based community that posts pictures and information about public restrooms! It uses location based maps to give you interactive results and ratings about restrooms nearby. Now you can be picky about where you should and shouldn’t take your kids to the restroom. Look for the green “Sit” rated bathrooms for best results.
    Sit or Squat App by Charmin
    Free on Google Play and the App Store


About The Author: Andrea Andrea Eldridge is CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, a computer repair company that specializes in on-site and online service for homes and businesses. Andrea is the writer of a weekly column, Nerd Chick Adventures in The Record Searchlight. She prepares TV segments for and appears regularly on CBS, CW and FOX on shows such as Good Day Sacramento, More Good Day Portland, and CBS 13 News, offering viewers technology and lifestyle tips. See Andrea in action at callnerds.com/andrea/.