120 Countries and counting… a man named Jeremy Hart recently left Los Angeles for a 60 day, 21 country, 15,000 mile drive around the world in a Ford Fiesta. Jeremy will be reporting on how well his various gadgets work in some of Earth’s most amazing locations. There was a fisherman hanging over the edge of Santa Monica pier, a hobo foraging through a garbage bin and a glamour model squeezing into a dress (as shiny and pink as one of two Ford Fiestas) for a dawn photo shoot. Those people witnessed this international escapade leaving the eastern edge of the Pacific. It was the start of the Fiesta World Tour 2010.
In gadget terms the Fiesta is an iPod more than iPad. It’s funky, basic and functional and it comes in a range of bright colours. It has built-in iPod connectivity, USB and aux jacks, and Sirius radio. All in all, it’s a good platform to bolt, strap, and load more gadgets onto — and that’s exactly what will happen. Here’s a look at a few of the gizmos that are being taken on the trip. (There are plans to test more)
Pocket video camera. There’s a TV cameraman (using Sony’s EX1 HD broadcast camera) and a photographer (Canon 5D) with Jeremy, so the need for extra filmmaking and photography kit is not crucial. But Jeremy still refuses to go anywhere without a Flip Ultra HD. Broadcast-quality and idiot-proof, it fits both criteria. He has two – just in case. He’ll be video blogging with them for easy editing and instant uploading.
Apple iPad. Against his better judgement, he has decided to get an iPad for the trip. It’s the Wi-Fi-only, 64 GB version. Roaming with 3G is so expensive, so he opted against that model. He says ‘against my better judgement’ because he has, and is currently writing on, his MacBook Pro. I’ll be interested to see how the iPad fits into his trip — and maybe even improves it — or if he winds up shipping it back to London for his kids to enjoy.
GPS tracker. He has a Spot Tracker so you can follow his travels. It allows you to see exactly where they are.
Portable hotspot. His favorite part is Virgin Mobile’s MiFi. Just 100 bucks for the unit and around 60 bucks for 6GB of upload/download data. It works off Sprint’s network, turning the cell network into a mobile hub through which 5 users can surf. A colleague in the second Fiesta surfed from the adjoining lane on I-40 at one point. He was recently on the edge of the Grand Canyon uploading video faster than he had tried in his hotel room the night before.