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.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Swiss-Belhotel International boasts an impressive portfolio throughout 22 countries, including 10 ASEAN member countries. This growth is continuing with the group’s new plans to debut four properties in Thailand.