CES is one of the biggest annual tech shows and where all the innovative and otherwise cool technology is unveiled each year. From robots that fold your clothes to the latest in self-driving cars, you’ll see a little bit of it all, but what about when it comes to travel tech? Here are a few up-and-coming products you’ll want to keep on your radar.
The Robot Suitcase
Forget lugging your suitcase around the airport. This robotic suitcase from Ovis is autonomous and follows you wherever you go using computer vision algorithms. It can even avoid obstacles, keeping itself out of trouble and leaving your hands free to carry more important items.
Maybe the next time you head from the airport to the hotel you’ll be carted around by a driverless electric shuttle. The new Bosch driverless electric shuttle is still in its prototype stage, but there are some exciting developments in the works, including all the tech needed to ensure obstacle avoidance, allow passengers to book the shuttle via an app, control an algorithm to properly assign travel and more.
Long road trip ahead of you? Make the drive (or, at least, the passenger experience) a little more fun with in-car VR brought to you by Disney and Audi. Passengers can play virtual reality games synced to the car’s real-world movement for a decreased likelihood of nausea.
On the more serious side, if you struggle to travel while taking certain medications (like insulin), Lifeinabox can be a legitimate lifesaver. It keeps medicines cold for up to four hours without any power and can be recharged just about anywhere. An app keeps you up to date on how the device is working, so you never have to worry.
Forget about skis — have you ever tried racing down the side of a mountain on top of a shovel? If not, Angel Fire Resort’s World Championship Shovel Race is the best place to try it. Each year the annual event showcases dozens of racers attempting to outrace each other on a pretty unique ride. Watching people turn your childhood makeshift sled into a competitive sporting event is a surprisingly thrilling event.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts festival. With more than 57,000 performances and 3,500 shows, it’s billed as the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom. Held annually in Scotland’s capital city during the month of August, the festival is a celebration of art in all its forms, from dance performances and live music to stand-up comedy and art exhibitions.
It may not seem obvious, but, depending on where you travel during the winter season, you may need to make a few amendments to your typical toiletries packing list. In light of cold, dry weather, here are a few items to remember to pack when heading out for a winter vacation.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.