Travel gadgets – CTV Tech Talk

Travel gadgets – CTV Tech Talk

This time on CTV Tech Talk we looked at travel gadgets that are perfect for the holiday season, like smart luggage, a conencted travel mug and a device that’ll keep you entertained on the road.

Ember Travel Mug

ember travel smart mug reviewI’m often up hours before the sun and need my coffee kick to get me going. The Ember mug is a rechargeable insulated travel mug that promises to keep your beverage at what it calls the perfect drinking temperature for hours.

Don’t think of Ember as a heating mug. Instead it’s built for cooling and holding temperature. I initially thought it was going to keep my coffee at stovetop temperature until I was ready to drink it. Not so; the Ember mug is designed to let your beverage cool to a drinkable temperature you select then hold it there.

Read the full review and how-to.

Apple iPad Pro

One travel gadget I’m never without is my Apple iPad. It can hold hours of TV shows and movies, or a whole stack of digital magazines, meaning my carry-on is lighter.

With its 10.5″ Retina display and 10 hour battery life, it’s ideal for travel. Whether you’re doing work (the Apple iPad Pro is more powerful than some PC laptops) or relaxing on your flight or a long drive, the iPad Pro is the ideal travelling companion.

Away Smart Suitcase

I’ve recently been on the hunt for new luggage, and being the tech blogger I am, I was interested in learning what’s new in the baggage market. Smart luggage is all the rage, with features from charging, self-weighing, GPS tracking and more.  Luggage is also becoming better designed, lighter and easier to use. I recently had the chance to try a smart carry-on suitcase from Away Travel.

Away smart suitcase charging luggage review airline ban carry onThere are four ‘spinner’ type wheels on this suitcase and they’re super maneuverable.

There are two USB ports: a standard USB port with 1A output (designed to charge phones at standard speed), and a USB port with fast charging. Both USB ports can be used at the same time. The battery is a 10,000 MA battery, which generally speaking is capable of charging an iPhone up to five times.

To see what else sets Away apart, read the review.

G-Ro smart luggage

G-Ro is a soft sided suitcase. The big difference with it is the wheels. The wheels on this suitcase are bigger, they’re more rugged, they’re on the side of the bag instead of the bottom and they’re designed to make the case both easier to pull, and easier to navigate obstacles like stairs and bumpy terrain.

The other big feature that sets this suitcase apart from basic baggage is the built-in charging. Two USB ports are hidden in the top of the bag under a rubber flap. You can charge gadgets up while you’re waiting for takeoff, or stash your tablet and other gadgets inside the bag, since there’s cabling that lets devices charge while they’re being transported.

There’s also a crazy amount of well designed pockets.

If you’ve ever lost a suitcase you’ll appreciate this: a Tile Slim tracker is included in the G-Ro package, just in case you check the bag. Tile uses crowd-sourced Bluetooth proximity tracking to find your bag using Tile’s free app.

Read more about G-Ro in my review.

**CONTEST IS CLOSED: CONGRATS TO WINNER KEN HOROVATIN OF CALGARY** Enter to Win – Ember Travel Mug

**CONTEST IS CLOSED**To enter, please write a (preferably nice!) comment in the comments section below and don’t forget to use today’s TV keyword. Winner must be able to pick up prize at CTV Calgary. See below for full rules and details.

You may enter today until midnight. Contest closes at 11:59pm MT Tuesday December  19th, 2017. One entry per person. Duplicate/additional entries on the same day will be discarded. Winner must be able to pick up their prize at CTV Calgary within 30 days from today.

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Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.

88 Comments

  1. Terry Biccum on December 19, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Love following you Erin.. always very interesting reviews.. especially the EMBER mug..



    • Christina Jensen on December 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

      The EMBER mug is fantastic for work or on the go!



    • Brenda Hall on December 19, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Love love love your techie segment Erin. Two of us would share this mug, my daughter in her early morning transit on the Deerfoot. I would bust it on weekends at my job. Magic word: Ember



  2. Dana Hutton on December 19, 2017 at 7:25 am

    So Cool/Warm/Hot that EMBER travel cup.
    Keep up the great work Erin!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!



    • Wendy Lee on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Love to have an Ember mug



  3. Karen Helland on December 19, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Cool stuff this morning! Ember



  4. Blaine on December 19, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Something nice, EMBER



  5. Wayne Siegel on December 19, 2017 at 7:26 am

    ember



  6. Ashley Bourassa on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Good morning!
    Thanks for all your techy news! LOVING the EMBER mug, had my eye on it for a while. Amazing



  7. Alex Chan on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    The EMBER is a genius solution to a common problem that a person like me has who likes to sip my coffee over the course of a morning.



  8. Gwenyth Luxen on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Thanks for such a great presentation of new tech products. Love the Ember mug.



  9. Carly McLuskey-Kemp on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Keyword: ember.

    Erin! I love when you’re on CTV morning! You always have then coolest stuff! Those smart suitcases are the next thing on my shopping list.

    I won’t lie tho, the blue one with the big wheels looked like a vacuum to me before you said anything about it! 🤣



  10. Minaz Janmohamed on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    EMBER cup seems like a great xmas gift. Thanks for letting me know about it.



  11. May on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Great segment on CTV. Ember



  12. Jen on December 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Enjoyed your reviews. The Ember mug looks great!



  13. Cindy on December 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

    An ember mug would be awesome to keep my coffee warm throughout the day!



  14. Ryan on December 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Awesome gadgets. Really like the smart suitcases and the EMBER mug.



  15. Siobhán McKenna on December 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Such an interesting segment always. Thank you! EMBER



  16. Valerie Bota on December 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Always love watching this segment on CTV. Would love the EMBER mug



  17. Heather Jobe on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Love all you’re great tips and tricks!!! I had no idea Starbucks sold Ember mugs! So cool!!



  18. Gary Lee on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    That EMBER mug is so ho it is cool. Good segment



  19. Lisa Phillips on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Love this technolgy. Thanks Erin. EMBER is the contest word



  20. Gail Gould on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    What a wonderful idea!, I love that I can finally keep my morning coffee warm while I watch the CTV news in the morning. And I can take it with me to the barn where I train with my horse every day. My coffee will stay warm while I ride.



  21. Julie Fitzsimmons on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Great tips on the smart suitcases and love the smart mug! would love an “EMBER” travel mug for the office.



  22. Jolene Huenison on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Loved your segment on CTV morning! The keyword is “ember”.



  23. Paul Charlier on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Love all your tech gadgets!! 😀



    • Paul Charlier on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Oops! EMBER



  24. Cynthia Collins on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Hot begs, so cool! EMBER is key



  25. Deb on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Love the mug! Ember



  26. Ronda Sabourin on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I cannot get over the new gadgets! Especially the Ember mug. We just broke our coffee travel mug so I will have to look for one. Thanks!



  27. Aly Janmohamed on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Awesome segment for travel tech! The Ember Mug is an awesome touch. Thanks for sharing, your segments in the morning really help us to keep up with all the new tech available To make our lives easier! Thank you!



  28. Lyndon Chubbs on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Can’t wait to use the EMBER mug.



  29. Kim Randall on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Great mug! Ember



  30. Pam on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Love it and thank you for everything.



    • Pam on December 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Opps forgot to type EMBER



  31. Bruce Tanner on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I always enjoy your reviews, especially the ember mug. Great Job!



  32. Jonathan Hasiuk on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Great Tech Talk this morning! Great EMBER mug!



  33. Sheri Peterson on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Love learing about the lastest,cant live without tech items!

    Ember



  34. Wendy Girletz on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Love all the techy gadgets you highlight on your segment, especially the Ember coffee mug.



  35. Sharon Pelech on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Ember
    What great travel ideas – I had never known about the smart suitcases, thanks for sharing!



  36. Marissa M. on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Great segment today Erin, especially love the smart suitcases and interesting to learn about the EMBER mug!



  37. Ramona Mills on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Your segment today gave me some gift ideas for the hard-to-buy-for person in my life. The Ember mug was pretty cool.



  38. Dianne on December 19, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Thanks for the great segment today Erin!
    Keyword: ember



  39. Courtney on December 19, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Smart suitcases are brilliant!!
    EMBER



  40. Melanie Heidecker on December 19, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Great segment; great travel gadgets. I would love the ember travel mug!



  41. Jacqueline Oulton-Bell on December 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Love the idea of the ember travel mug ! Would love to fill it with Starbucks coffee !
    Love hearing what you’ve got to say in the mornings Erin !



  42. Randy Patrivk on December 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Loved the EMBER mug. What a great Christmas gift!



  43. Stian on December 19, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Loved the smart suitcases! Some great planning had obviously gone into them. I use power banks to charge my devices while away, but still feel a little nervous about having them in the hold of an airplane. It’s probably remnants of memory from the whole Samsung Note battery fiasco, but there is a lot of electrical potential in those lithium batteries that are exposed to possible physical damage. The suitcases appear to have extra protection near the batteries however.

    Now… about the ember!!!! I had a look at them at Starbucks. Pretty high price tag, but I could totally use one of those! I lead meetings for support groups that deal with people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. These meetings can go on for hours, so to have an optimal beverage temp at the 2nd hour would be GREAT!!!

    Ember ember ember ember!!!!!!



  44. Kerry Richichi on December 19, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I am never disappointed…ember.



  45. Keith Berry on December 19, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Hello Erin, always love your segment on CTV morning, the key word is ‘Ember’, Thank-you very much and Merry Christmas.



  46. Ken Horovatin on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I always enjoy your segments on CTV Calgary, Erin. You always provide useful insights to the products you review.
    I am intrigued by the EMBER travel mug today: it would be a great gift for my wife, who complains that her tea or coffee is cold by the time she finishes it!



  47. Kate Kami on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Fascinating mug … a must have for sure! EMBER
    First time seeing your show – really on point!



  48. Ted Dougall on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I really enjoyed your feature on tech travel stuff and especially the feature on the Ember mug.



  49. Trevor Robertson on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Great reviews on CTV TechTalk this morning Erin. Loved the Ember mug idea!



  50. Matt B on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Still not sure whether airports/airlines allow the smart luggage, after some talk about them falling out of favour online. However, the ‘Ember’ mug would be great. Not something I would buy, so it is a great giveaway Erin 🙂



  51. Reg Pitt on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    ember. Can the batteries in the mug be replace? Can you buy the luggage locater shown in the first suitcase separately to use in other suitcases?



  52. Rosalind on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    The perfect mug! Ember



  53. Nuno Silva on December 19, 2017 at 7:39 am

    The large wheels on the blue suitcase are perfect for climbing stairs, because they are wider than the small wheels. Only an EMBER mug would be better than that suitcase! 🙂



  54. Jessica Todd on December 19, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Thanks for the awesome info this morning; the EMBER mug sure is something else. 🙂



  55. Nadina Alves on December 19, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I would love to gift the ember mug to a wonderful boyfriend who has been beyond supportive after my lay off and helping me stay positive. So deserved.



  56. David Axford on December 19, 2017 at 7:44 am

    My mother always told me that you could tell who was the real coffee drinker – they would be the one that drank the last of their coffee that they forgot about hours earlier. This is the one thing that I am in absolute disagreement with. I like mine hot and the Ember would ensure that.



  57. Vern Lalonde on December 19, 2017 at 7:44 am

    The EMBER travel mug would be perfect for the office. Great review!



  58. Earl Schultz on December 19, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I am not a young guy anymore but I love to keep up with technology. I also love my coffee. The EMBER travel mug is a fantastic item for me. Call it a toy or not, coffee at just the right temperature is a pleasure I would like to enjoy. Thanks for doing this.



  59. Patricia Posyluzny on December 19, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I enjoyed your tech segment on CTV news today. The EMBER travel mug shown was very cool/hot!



  60. Evan Brothers on December 19, 2017 at 7:50 am

    When I’m busy at work my coffee always gets cold before I can drink it… that wouldn’t happen if I had the EMBER mug!!



  61. Troy Jackson on December 19, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Great reviews.. especially the EMBER mug..



  62. Barbara Fiselier on December 19, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I would love to give this a gift EMBER



  63. Grant Henneberg on December 19, 2017 at 8:06 am

    The Ember mug seems like a great product for people who like to keep a cup idling all day.



  64. Sonia on December 19, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Love my coffee hot Awesome mug



  65. Dave Watson on December 19, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Love your show some really cool stuff.
    Keyword: Ember



  66. Denise Kervin on December 19, 2017 at 8:21 am

    All of the items you show are terrific. I always look forward to your segment. I would love an EMBER mug!



    • Joan Earl on December 19, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Loved all of the cool travel stuff. Great stuff. Would love to own an EMBER mug



  67. Denise Kerr on December 19, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Loved your segment on CTV this morning. The ember travel mug would be perfect for a busy, working mom who is always on the go (aka ME!)



  68. Angie on December 19, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Always look forward to reading your reviews. Hopefully this EMBER mug could be under our tree?



  69. Sheila McNaughton on December 19, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Fantastic segment this morning! Loved all the travel technology but especially the EMBER travel mug. I would really love if Santa brought me one :)). Wish I had seen this segment before I finished my Christmas shopping!



  70. Kevin Eisler on December 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

    The Ember mug looks cool (hot), finally an end to pouring out the last bit of your coffee cold!



  71. Elaine D on December 19, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Enjoyed your segment this morning. Ember



  72. Geneva Ross on December 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Great segment today! Would love to win this smart travel mug! EMBER 🙂



  73. Jennifer McAlpine on December 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

    This mug would be awesome on my desk at work! I love the ability to keep my coffee hot throughout the day! Keyword: Ember



  74. pearson on December 19, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Would be interested to see how long the EMBER mug will last.



  75. Sampath W on December 19, 2017 at 9:53 am

    EMBER mug looks great. Love your tech segment on morning show.



  76. Erica L on December 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Interested on how long the EMBER mug last. Thanks for the great segment!



  77. Ashleigh Langmaid on December 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Love Starbucks mugs and would love to try out the new Ember mug. Keyword: Ember



  78. Darren Morrison on December 19, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Nice EMBER mug!



  79. Douglas Orme on December 19, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    EMBER Need this mug for my daughter



  80. Cheryl Royston on December 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    EMBER!!! Great segment, great information! Thank you so much! I really want an EMBER mug!! That would be so handy!! Merry Christmas!!



  81. Ruth Longhurst on December 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    ember. What a wonderful brainy invention. It would be so nice to drink the coffee right away until finding it is the proper temperature about the time you arrive at your destination!!



  82. Lisa on December 19, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Would love to give the “EMBER” mug as a gift under the tree this Christmas!