Futurist Michio Kaku believes the internet is a type one-civilization technology that connects everyone to each other. But before humanity can jump to the next tier, it must developed the technologies further to aid daily activities. For now, wearable technology makes everything feel futuristic, even for travelers.
Everyone could complain about the smartwatch's limited viewability or oversized screen concerning conventional watches. But the variants from Apple, Android and even the Kickstarter star Pebble are truly useful. Wareable finds the Apple Watch "traveler-friendly" given its professional appearance yet it is capable of making currency conversions and sending informative items to users when they arrive in different destinations.
Wareable also adds that airplane movies would discard the small screens at the back of each seat and instead passengers could use the Avegant Glyph. Wareable describes it as "perfect for train, plane or coach trips" while a bit pricey for a "$499 personal cinema that connects to smartphones and tablets through HDMI."
Amadeus North America Marketing Communications Chief Yamila Asaad shares her ideas for future travel devices. She said that having an online translator for immediate translation of terms -- even to the point of speaking for the user -- could be amazing. However, this technology may soon surface. "Ili" is a device that outdoes her expectations because it does not need the Internet and translates words less than second. Wow.
Both Yamila Asaad's Amadeus post and Wareable agree that wearable navigation technology would be travel-useful. The "Navigate" jacket from "Wearable Experiments" is fashionable and it nudges the user with vibrations to head left or right. Guaranteed to keep one's eyes forward while walking, the jacket in development may also contain Asaad's idea of a "colored pebble" navigation that stores your route in a smartphone to help one backtrack.
Perhaps one of the strangest technologies that would arrive in the next few years is Japan's Archelis. The "wearable chair" aims to help workers to assemble vehicles without having to pull or secure a seat. It is a type of exoskeleton and possibly in a few more years, the technology could become minimal to a point it could be used for travel.
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