Today’s traveler knows that being on the go doesn’t mean being any less connected. Between mobile devices and wireless internet connections, staying entertained and in-the-know while traveling is simply an expectation. With new wearable technology, mobile accessibility and connectivity even simpler.
Beating the Battery Blues
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With wearable technology, like the iWatch, a longer battery life means more time to stay connected. The Samsung Galaxy Gear allows on-the-go travelers to check simple information, and its battery life beats that of most phones. This means that even a long day of traveling with no charge port in sight won’t keep you from getting flight delay notifications or looking up directions to your client meeting.
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Google Glass is probably the hottest piece of wearable technology, keeping its users clued in while on-the-go. The location-aware app Field Trip lets Google Glass give you insight on your surroundings, so even people who can’t navigate their way out of a paper bag always know where they are. The Heads Up Display allows you to check emails, take photos and learn more as you explore the world.
Wearable technology like Google Glass can also help travelers who have to deal with last-minute changes. For example, imagine you arrive at your hotel in Honolulu to find out there was a problem with your reservation. With wearable technology, for example, you could easily find another place to stay by looking up Honolulu hotels on Gogobot.
Watch the Google Glass video: http://youtu.be/yyRJG2rrw0E
Imagine how much simpler checking your phone would be if you didn’t have to pull it out of your purse, pocket, bag or holster every time. With a smartwatch, the traveler possesses all the functions of the phone right on their wrist. Instead of possibly ruining your phone with an accidental splash in a street puddle or cracking the screen with a fumble to the hard tile floor of the airport terminal, your information is available secured to your wrist. For the savvy traveler, this wearable device means smoother sailing.
While the newest advances in wearable tech simplifies life for the traveler, it doesn’t have to be solely worn by the traveler to be a great help. In fact, when Virgin Atlantic decked out their staff members in Google Glass, staff members were alerted when VIP passengers arrived and could easily update arriving passengers on the most current flight information. Virgin Atlantic also noted that staff could figure out passenger’s dietary restrictions, refreshment preferences, translate foreign languages and look up the weather of their destinations.
Logging Your Travels
Life blogging is possible with Memoto, a wearable camera that snaps two pictures every minute to help you track your travels. The avid blogger can record their every move with a small camera that simply pins to the chest. While you might not want to keep every photo snapped during your trip, you can always delete them later.
It is easy to see how looking at the weather forecast, searching for nearby deals or having an easy way to check out local points of interest would make your trip smoother. With wearable technology, those tasks are becoming ever easier.