Wacom Bamboo Spark
A smart folio with a smart ballpoint pen, this nifty tool bridges the gap between old school and digital age by letting you capture and store drawings and handwritten notes to the Wacom Cloud with a companion app for editing, archiving and accessing anywhere. Press the button to save your notes securely, even when you’re not connected to another device; when you reconnect, they automatically sync to the app and, once you’re online, the Wacom Cloud. You can access and edit your notes on different devices after they’re saved, or share them in PDF and JPG formats with third-party services like Dropbox and Evernote. Collaborate by sharing notes via the Bamboo Paper app with colleagues who also have the app installed. $160.
Polaroid resurrects its iconic instant camera with a new iteration. The 10MP digital camera features an integrated printer using ZINK Zero Ink technology to automatically print full-color, 2-inch by 3-inch prints when you snap a shot, letting you continue shooting while it prints. A Micro SD card slot holds up to 32GB to save, transfer and upload images to a computer, cloud service or social media platform. Customize pics with capture modes (color, black-and-white and vintage Polaroid), and print with or without the Polaroid Classic Border Logo format. The self-timer makes taking the perfect selfie simple, while its photo booth mode takes six quick pictures in 10 seconds. $99.
Samsung SleepSense Sensor
Samsung unveiled the new SleepSense Sensor to help the sleep-starved masses catch some serious ZZZs. Slip the sensor under your mattress, download the app, connect the two and hit the sack. The sensor analyzes heart and respiratory rates, nocturnal movements and other factors, mapping your sleep score against the average for your age with what Samsung claims is 97 percent accuracy. Receive advice developed in partnership with a Harvard Medical School professor to help you sleep better. SleepSense can connect to Samsung smart appliances to control the air-conditioning and program the television to turn off when you start dozing for an optimal sleeping environment. Price TBD.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick
A perfect stocking stuffer, this new-generation flash drive is designed to effectively expand mobile storage for your truly mobile lifestyle without the need for an Internet connection. The USB drive emits its own WiFi signal, letting you store and access documents, videos, photos and music wirelessly to and from your mobile device wherever you are, with the SanDisk Connect app installed. It can also share content with multiple devices at once, making it ideal for team meetings and festive gatherings. And you can stream music or videos to three smartphones, tablets or computers simultaneously as long as they’re somewhere in the vicinity. In four sizes ranging from 16GB to 128GB. $29.99–99.99.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.
Business travel is on the brink of returning, according to three new reports. The latest monthly Traveler Confidence Index developed by Travel Again shows business traveler confidence soared in May, with 42 percent now fully ready to travel, up from just 20 percent in April. An additional 31 percent are planning some type of business travel for summer, with 74 percent willing to travel domestically for business in the next 90 days. However, employers may not be as ready, with only 22 percent of business travel respondents with current business travel plans.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.