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Next in tech includes seats, wheels, gadgets

No comments · Posted by Matt Pekarek at 1:28pm in Americas, APAC, EMEA, Travel technology
And just think, with so little leg room, you'll be really close to the screen with Panasonic's Jazz Seats. (Panasonic Avionics photo)

And just think, with so little leg room, you’ll be really close to the screen with Panasonic’s Jazz Seats. (Panasonic Avionics photo)

It’s been a little more than two weeks since the last booth swept out of the Las Vegas Convention Center for this year’s International CES. By all accounts, it was the busy, jam-packed, swag item-infested spectacle that tech addicts crave and tech journalists bemoan.

While there was a jaw-dropping amount of new ideas, gadgets and screens, we’ve waded through the spilled ink to find a handful of highlights for travelers.

Panasonic’s Jazz Seats

For the weary air traveler, never before have four coach airline seats shown so much promise. While airlines are looking to squeeze more room out of each plane, the conversation is starting to evolve on how to create a decent flying experience in spite of ever-decreasing space. Panasonic, in concert with airlines and seat manufacturers, has come closer to a solution with the next phase of their X Series inflight entertainment system (IFE). While a previous version is already in use on several airlines, the new model Jazz Seats introduced at CES bring everything a massive step further. Durable, yet lightweight chairs house 13.3 inch screens, HDMI and USB ports, charging pads, high-definition audio and near-field communication (NFC) mobile payment capability. We’re only scratching the surface on how cool these new seats are (Digital Trends has the full scoop), but don’t get too excited. These are pure prototypes for now—it’s up to further conversations with airlines to see if you’ll be in Jazz Class in the near future.

Tech on Wheels

While Detroit’s recently wrapped 2015 auto show focused more on engines and design, the world’s automakers used CES as their technology mainstage. We alluded to the big brands coming to Vegas in our last post, and their presence didn’t disappoint. Want a self-driving car? CES had you covered. Audi had a car drive itself from San Francisco to Vegas while Mercedes-Benz showed what they have up their sleeve for the future. For now, self-parking cars are the more attainable technological vision, with BMW, Hyundai and Volkswagen showing their cars’ aptitude in the lot. And if you think choosing between iOS or Android is a pitched battle for your smartphone, get ready for your car stereo to feel the tug of war. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will start seeing implementation from major automakers in the near future. For more info, check out CNET’s excellent breakdown of this year’s CES car tech.

All the Things, All the Internet

Speaking of our last post, remember the “Internet of Things”? IoT was everywhere at CES, and we can’t even begin to scratch the surface. Condé Nast Traveler put together an awesomely quick slide show of connected travel tech, while HuffPo’s Robert J. Elisberg detailed the rest of what’s went down (along with mentions of some awesome travel gadgets). And, of course, CNET also detailed everything for your browsing pleasure.

That said, did we miss anything? What have you seen so far that has gotten you excited for 2015? Let us know in the comments!

Posted by Matt Pekarek at 1:28pm in Americas, APAC, EMEA, Travel technology

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CWT To Go comes to BB10

No comments · Posted by Patrick Coleman at 5:17pm in Americas, APAC, CWT Traveler, EMEA, Travel technology
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CWT To Go™ has been nominated for best mobile solution at the EyeforTravel Mobile Innovation in Travel Awards. If it has helped you on the road, please vote for us!

Patrick Coleman
One of the most frequent questions we’ve received via social media in the past year is, “when will CWT To Go be ready for the BB10?”

Today we have your answer for you. The BB10 CWT To Go app is available for download from BlackBerry World.

It joins previous versions of the app for iPhone and iPad, Android and Android tablets, Windows Phone and the Kindle Fire. The app is available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian and contains the same functionality as our Android app, including flight alerts, mobile flight check-in and more.

The award-winning CWT To Go™ is a free download and available to travelers whose companies use Carlson Wagonlit Travel as their provider. Even if you are traveling for reasons other than business, you can use CWT To Go for personal travel, something I do frequently so I can keep my airline itinerary, hotel and rental car info all in one place and still get the flight alerts for free.

If you are not a CWT traveler, we whole-heartedly recommend WorldMate, the consumer-oriented app by our mobile subsidiary. If you want to download the app for another device or need our FAQ or more information, check out our website.

Also, CWT To Go has been nominated for best mobile solution at the EyeforTravel Mobile Innovation in Travel Awards. If CWT To Go has helped you on the road, please vote for us!

WorldMate, has been nominated as well, for best mobile app. Vote for them here.

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Posted by Patrick Coleman at 5:17pm in Americas, APAC, CWT Traveler, EMEA, Travel technology

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Look for latest in connectivity at CES

No comments · Posted by Matt Pekarek at 8:35am in Americas, APAC, CWT Traveler, EMEA, Travel technology
The savvy traveler will be interested in news coming out of CES. (CES file photo)

The savvy traveler will be interested in news coming out of CES. (CES file photo)

Matt Pekarek
Welcome to 2015! As the dust settles from the whirlwind of the holidays, thousands will descend on Las Vegas to check out what’s new and what’s next for consumer technology. This week the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show will feature the latest offerings from more than 3,500 exhibitors — everything from the latest in entertainment to the sleekest in mobility.

But apart from all the sweet Read more…

Posted by Matt Pekarek at 8:35am in Americas, APAC, CWT Traveler, EMEA, Travel technology

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Future of travel looks a little smarter

No comments · Posted by Tanya Weets at 3:18pm in CWT Traveler, Mobility, Safety & Security, Travel technology
Picture having the ability to know where your rollerbag is at all times, plus being able to charge your devices at the same time. (Bluesmart photo)

Picture having the ability to know where your rollerbag is at all times, plus being able to charge your devices at the same time. (Bluesmart photo)

Tanya Weets
Imagine a world where you could control the minds of others…highly unlikely, yet very fun to think about. Now, imagine a world where you can control the mind of your suitcase. Believe it or not, that’s a notion having great potential. As a savvy traveler, you’re probably thinking it would be great to know where your luggage is at all times. Well, it just so-happens this sort of technology exists.

There’s a digital invention on the rise called Bluesmart – a rollerbag suitcase that travelers can interactively control from their smartphone and auto-lock upon command. It’s a neat little device giving travelers the power of the padlock in their own hands. Read more…

Posted by Tanya Weets at 3:18pm in CWT Traveler, Mobility, Safety & Security, Travel technology

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