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.
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.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
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.
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.