This January, the leaders of the consumer technology world will gather in Las Vegas to discuss the hot trends of the industry. Roughly 170,000 attendees from more than 150 countries will make their way to the desert to discuss the innovations competing to change our lives in the new year. As a travel company, we want to get a sneak peek at how these innovations will change the travel world. Whether it’s a drone that fits in your suitcase or a smartphone app that’s advanced enough to suggest restaurants based on past internet searches as you pass through a neighborhood on vacation, technology is adding new dimensions to travel. Consumer technology and travel are two worlds full of imagination. When they collide we pay attention. With this connection in mind, we decided to take a look at CES 2018 and the hottest trends in travel technology.
Google Trips: the smartphone travel app you can’t go without
Smartphones are nothing new at CES, but the conversation about how to improve them is constant. These days, that conversation involves a lot of application talk. What are the hottest apps on the market? In the travel world, Google Trips is our current crush. It not only helps you plan your trip (flights, hotels, car rentals etc) but, gives you on the go suggestions based on your internet footprint. So say you’re in Tokyo and google knows that you’re somewhat of a sushi connoisseur thanks to your internet searches. Google Trips is going to shoot you suggestions as you walk the streets of the city so you can find what you want in your current area. Yeah, we’re thrilled.
Read more: What’s the Best App for Travel?
GoTenna: turning your cell phone into a walkie-talkie
You know the scenes in spy movies when guys pull out phones in the middle of nowhere and make calls to some folks on the other side of the world? You know how overseas data plans can be a pain? If the answer to both questions is “yes”, the goTenna demands your attention. This device is essentially an antenna for your cell phone that allows you to trade messages by Bluetooth when a cell tower is nowhere to be found. Check out the goTenna website for the full scoop.
Bots: Siri the travel agent
Artificial intelligence has torn onto the scene recently with hits like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. The tech world is abuzz with new ideas of how to expand the impact of these robot voices that seem to have the answer to almost everything. Now that we’re seeing bots in the travel world, our imaginations are working overtime. The options are endless: finding flights, booking hotels, finding the San Diego beach that has both an excellent surf forecast and a great fish taco joint within walking distance, all through conversations with your phone.
Drones: capturing your vacation from above
Photos and videos from vacation are the standard. An aerial view of you and your buddies shredding the slopes in Jackson Hole is another level. The Mavic Pro Drone is getting travelers’ attention because of its size and reliability. Small enough to fold up and fit in a backpack, this drone is ideal for the adventurer looking to capture the goings on from above. People are always finding new purposes for drones and the travel world is riding the wave.
Wearables: all in the wrist
Music festivals, hotels, and cruises have all started using wristbands that open doors, make payments and give “wearers” special access to VIP areas. The idea is that a guest at a hotel can enter their room, pay for breakfast and tip the bellhop all with a quick flash of their wristband. Just don’t lose your band!
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