Introducing the world’s first smart luggage, a high-tech carry-on cool and connected enough for James Bond. Its included app offers a host of built-in features such as locking and unlocking from your phone. Sensors alert you if you’re separated from the suitcase, location tracking finds it if it’s re-routed, and a powerful built-in battery charges your devices. With a built-in digital scale, Bluesmart weighs itself, and the app generates real-time reports with data from your trips including miles traveled, airports visited and time spent in each country. A special three-layer polycarbonate provides lightweight strength while a specially designed compartment protects your laptop and tablet. $319.
Zolt Laptop Charger Plus
Billed as the world’s smallest, smartest, lightest laptop charger at 3 inches long and weighing 3 ounces, Zolt isn’t much bigger than a tube of lip balm but can charge your laptop and two other mobile devices simultaneously. Its stacked trio of USB ports and folding prongs make it especially space-savvy, rotating up to 90 degrees to fit into tight spots. Zolt’s Efficient Resonant Control technology determines and delivers the exact amount of charging power your device needs within the manufacturer’s specifications to preserve battery life. The included cable and interchangeable tips fit most PC laptops (Macs require an optional power cord). $79.99.
Connected Cycle Bike Pedal
This first-of-its-kind innovation turns your bike into a smart ride — poised to make bike theft a thing of the past by instantly notifying you if your bike’s been moved and locating it at any time. It automatically records the speed, route, incline and calories burned on each ride and sends the data to the Cloud, where you can access it via a companion smartphone app. The aluminum pedal generates its own Internet connection (no need to charge a battery or carry your smartphone). Install in less than two minutes — no mechanical skills required — and use a special coded key to remove it. Sold in pairs of various colors. Available this summer. Price TBD.
Clio Invisible Speaker
Sure to be hailed as a revelation by aesthetes everywhere, the world’s first nearly invisible speaker — named after one of the nine goddesses of music, song and dance — produces surround sound from an ultra-thin, transparent, curved acrylic glass membrane. Unlike traditional cone speakers that push sound in one direction, Clio produces sound from both sides using cutting-edge technology that stimulates the sides of the glass. Built-in wireless Bluetooth connectivity lets you place it just where you want and move it without the clutter of unsightly wires, and wirelessly streams audio from your smartphone, tablet or any Bluetooth-enabled device. $349.
Falling asleep in economy class can be a test of flexibility and patience, often depending on how tired you are. No matter how many ways your body contorts to sleep sitting upright, it’s hard to avoid the dreaded head drop, from little to no head support, that can easily jerk you (and your neighbor) awake.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Heathrow Airport built a “bespoke set of anti-drone systems” around its airfield. The system, created by U.K.-based firm Operational Solutions, detects and tracks drones in surrounding airspace. The “new and innovative” system can also locate drone pilots and show their location.
New upgrades at Frankfurt Airport include renovations at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center, as well as the addition of a new hotel, Frankfurt Airport Marriott. To make room for the new property, the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel was reduced to 779 guestrooms from its previous 1,008 guestrooms, allowing for 233 guestrooms at Frankfurt Airport Marriott. All Sheraton guestrooms are now refurbished.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Marriott International had a record 2019, marking seven straight years of record-breaking organic growth.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
A historic U.K., hotel, The Grand Hotel Birmingham is expected to open this summer after extensive renovations. One of the city’s most iconic buildings, The Grand Hotel Birmingham was originally constructed in the 1870s.