Fleet Geek – February 2017
Katie Beck looks at some of the best tech aimed at making life-on-the go and in the office that little bit easier.
Products of the month
Rowenta Ultrasteam Brush
Aimed at the business traveller market, this small steamer promises to decrease clothing and deodorise fabric, helping to keep the user fresh and presentable.
The 55ml water tank can generate enough steam to treat several garments at once, and the device operates using dual voltage for easy use abroad. Accessories include a soft travel pouch, lint pad and fabric brush.
Price: £30 from johnlewis.com
Mujjo MacBook sleeve
Respected accessories designer Mujjo has updated its range of sleeves to carry the new 13’’ and 15’’ Macbook Pro. The sleeve is made of full-grain vegetable-tanned leather, with a felt inner to cushion the device, and the leather flap is secured by a simple snap button.
There are also integrated storage slots for papers, headphones, debit/credit cards and an SD card.
Price: £59.99 from mujjo.com
Heated Back & Seat Massager
Designed to combat backache and muscle tension caused by long periods sitting down, this portable seat massager uses five motors and pulsing vibrations to relieve weary muscles.
The motors are positioned at key points in the cover and can be selected individually for targeted attention, while the heat pad soothes the lumbar area. Suitable for use at home or in the office.
Price: £49.95 from prezzybox.com
Apps of the month
Despite rising costs and unpredictable service on some lines, rail is still one of the most cost-effective ways to travel from business. Trainline’s real-time app tracks live departures, as well as future services with an easy-to-use search function. Delays are instantly flagged, and tickets can be purchased in-app.
Price: Free from Apple App Store, GooglePlay
Designed for use during telephone business calls, TapeACall makes a secure voice recording using three-way calling technology. The app acts as the third caller, and the user manually dials TapeACall into the line; it is not constantly listening in. Recordings can be instantly downloaded to a desktop and labelled for review.
Price: £9.99 a year, from Apple App Store, GooglePlay.