By Anna Rowland
The summer months bring about a student migration from the University of Georgia’s campus to… well frankly, anywhere but Athens. Some people head back to their hometowns, some head to internships and some head straight for the beach. Regardless of the destination, most people are going somewhere. Some light packers will take off with just a backpack to lug around with them and some not-so-light packers will be bringing basically everything they own. No matter which one of these two types you are, modern day packing is a lot different than it used to be.
Ten years ago there were multiple devices that you would want to pack. It was necessary to label each charger in your bag, as they would inevitably end up in a tangled mass. MP3 Player? Check. E-reader? Check. GPS? Check. Camera? Check. Cell phone? Check. Now it seems that only the last one is mandatory. Smartphones have become so capable that they have all but erased the need for traveling with any other device. However, the itinerary for your trip can still be important when considering what devices to pack. The need for an electronic device other than your smartphone has become non-existent, but there are devices that could enhance your experience.
A company called GoPro created an action camera that is extremely durable and waterproof. The GoPro HERO has become extremely popular among the athletic crowd. People love to strap this camera onto things: dogs, drones, surfboards, bicycles. Really, anything that moves is fair game.
“If you’re just visiting a city and walking around the streets, just doing relatively pedestrian stuff, you’d probably be fine without a GoPro. But if you’re planning on hiking, mountain biking and extreme sports or things like that then a GoPro would be a very smart thing to have,” says John Weatherford, who teaches courses within the University of Georgia’s New Media Institute.
The GoPro HERO should be at the top of your device-consideration list. Yes, it’s true that your iPhone makes an incredibly adept camera. However, the GoPro HERO is virtually indestructible. You can strap it to your hang glider! The videos that this camera films are breathtaking and lend an interesting perspective. It’s really cool to be able to capture the whole world around you, and it really does give you a sense of presence.
This device will enhance your summer travel. It’s a camera that is truly capable of capturing extreme life experiences. College is such a transitory period in your life that it deserves to be documented in the best way possible.
Technology is being updated at what seems like an ever-quickening rate. This being within the field of the New Media Institute, Weatherford had a suggestion of what travel technology to look for in the near future: “Personal drones. One company is even working the controls onto a wristband. You can wear it around your wrist, and you can have it trail you hiking. It will follow you and capture footage from that angle, which is pretty cool.”