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.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.