NEST CAM IQ
Nest forged a strong reputation for making connected smart devices for the home, and the company’s updated indoor security camera is the most impressive yet. Its 4K image sensors, 12x digital zoom and high dynamic range (HDR) video make for quality video, but it’s the algorithm-based capabilities that differentiate the Cam IQ from the crowd. The device sends an alert with an image to your phone if it detects a human in a shot, and the Familiar Faces feature means the camera can differentiate between family members and strangers. You’ll have to sign up for a Nest Aware subscription to use the defining features, but the Cam IQ is a great way of using the Internet of Things to make your home safer. CAM IQ, $299; Nest Aware, $10 per month.
LINGMO TRANSLATE ONE2ONE
Being able to communicate effectively is incredibly important, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure. With the Lingmo Translate One2One, you won’t have to study a language in order to speak it. The artificial intelligence-powered headset, made by Australian startup Lingmo International, uses IBM Watson natural language understanding technology to translate between English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Mandarin. The technology easily detects regional dialects and considers the context for more accurate translations. There’s no need for a Bluetooth or WiFi connection, so you can use the headset almost anywhere. $179.
SKYBELL WIFI DOORBELL
The Skybell lets you see, hear and speak to anyone who knocks on your door when you aren’t there in person. Thanks to WiFi technology and an accompanying app, a live feed alert is sent to your smartphone even if someone approaches your door without knocking, allowing you to keep your home safe and sound. With multiple user connectivity, the Skybell is perfect for couples and families who travel often. $199.
NOKIA STEEL HR
Smartwatches tend to tout technological features with futuristic designs, but what if you want high-tech capabilities in a classic package? While it looks like an elegant timepiece, the Steel HR is a heart rate monitor, activity companion and sleep monitor. It functions as a personal assistant with text, call and event alerts, and it produces exercise reports and analytics in an accompanying app. With a battery life of up to 25 days, the Steel HR is a smartwatch that looks and charges like a classic timepiece. $179.95–199.95.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
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.
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.
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.