April 11, 2016

Technology Trends: Travel in the Digital Era

There is no doubt that technological advancements and our growing reliance on the Internet has affected the way we travel. These changes include how we decide on our prospective destinations, how we get there, where we stay, what we choose to do, as well as how we record our memories.

This week, in our “Technology Trends” series, we look at various innovations in the travel industry brought about through the proliferation of new technologies.

Financial District Hotel Uses Emojis to Deliver Room ServiceNY Daily News

Calling the front desk to order room service is an outdated practice for the Aloft hotel in New York City’s Financial District. With an emoji menu in place, hotel guests can now text a corresponding emoji and their room number to receive on-demand delivery service. This is just one example of how the hospitality business is embracing new technologies to provide value-add experiences to keep pace with growing customer expectations.

Top Travel Websites for Planning Your Next VacationForbes

In the Digital Age, travel agents have been replaced with travel websites and apps devoted to helping the customer develop their perfect vacation plan. The Internet has given us an infinite number of tools to research, price, and book our next trip, all at the push of a button. This article offers a rundown of online resources that many ardent travelers have found invaluable, regardless of one’s travel style or budget.

Your Suitcase Is TextingThe New York Times

Raden is a new player in the luggage manufacturing industry. The company doesn’t make regular suitcases, but is focused on a small niche market that is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years – smart luggage. Raden’s smart tech-enabled suitcases are equipped with a battery that can be used to charge a phone or a laptop. Each suitcase has a handle sensor that allows you to weigh your bag without lifting it off the ground. Through the Raden app, you can geo-locate your suitcase at any point in time, and in case you’ve overstuffed your bag, the app will calculate the exact overage fee based on your airline and final destination.

World’s Largest, Fastest 3D-Printed Aircraft EverBloomberg

The aerospace industry has long been following the evolution of 3D printing technologies. Being able to use 3D printing techniques in the making of the airplane parts would allow manufacturers to work with significantly lighter materials, taking the aerospace industry to a new level. This video demonstrates how Stratasys, the global leader in 3D printing, has successfully built the world’s largest 3D aerial vehicle, which the company presented at the Dubai Air Show at the end of last year. Today, a 3D-printed commercial airplane still sounds like a long shot, but engineers and investors both agree that at the current rate of research and development, it will become a feasible project in the near future.

How Millennials Are Redefining Business TravelFast Company

Born roughly from 1982 to 2000, millennials are the nation’s largest generation, comprising one-fourth of the population. In 2015, they also became the largest share of the American workforce. With roughly 55.3 million millennials in the U.S. labor force, sociologists have been collecting data to compare their job performance, habits, and workstyle to those of their gen X and baby boomer colleagues. Research shows that while traveling for work, millennials spend more on plane tickets, hotel room upgrades, and entertainment than non-millennial business travelers. While companies may be concerned about their growing business travel expenses, this article discusses how the millennial spending trend could be viewed as an opportunity rather than a threat.