Smart luggage is becoming all the rage, packing a variety of gadgets into the venerable rolling suitcase along with a hefty price tag that compares to high-end, analog luggage like Tumi. With the Bluesmart One you get two USB charging ports, GPS tracking, a Bluetooth connection to control the digital lock and proximity alerts, as well as a lost luggage recovery compliments of Uber. Lock and battery are TSA compliant. The suitcase is designed to maximize your carry-on space, so make sure it falls within your airline’s requirements. $449.
Artificial intelligence is making its way into homes everywhere. Many are familiar with Siri, Apple’s AI software available on the iPhone, while Amazon is looking to compete with its own Alexa devices. Google is the latest to enter the fray with its Google Home Device, a voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker that interacts with your personal Google account. Its feature set is currently limited to a variety of entertainment applications, but the company plans to implement tighter integration with Gmail, Google Calendars and a growing ecosystem of smart home products. $129.99.
FITBIT FLEX 2
For casual athletes, many fitness trackers are too complicated for daily use. Not everyone goes to the gym every day, so it’s hard to find one that works well with your daily routine. The Flex 2 succeeds in having a variety of looks since the tracker is actually a small device that fits inside the band. If you want to monitor your steps at work or when going out, Fitbit offers a variety of stylish necklaces and bands, or you can place the device in an accessory of your own choosing. There are more full-featured trackers out there, but the Flex 2 excels in its simple and versatile design. $99.95.
Leica has many fans in the world of photography, but they’re probably not going to like the Sofort. That’s because this is the company’s first instant print camera, a retro-style analog device utilizing Fuji’s Instax film (as well as Leica-branded film packs, available in a variety of tones like monochrome). The camera has an f/12.7 aperture and a 60mm focal length (34mm compared to a full frame), but what it lacks in gadgetry it makes up with usability. Leica’s Sofort is meant as a point-and-shoot, focusing on spontaneous shots enhanced by the camera’s analog textures. $299.
The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua recently announced the final phase of a $100 million resort-wide transformation, set to be unveiled by the end of 2022. Located across 54 acres of pristine, wide-open space overlooking Honokahua Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua is a sanctuary for guests seeking a luxurious escape.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
Banyan Tree Group recently announced its first-ever expansion into Japan with five new properties across four concepts. The hospitality group’s partnership with Wealth Management Group saw Dhawa Yura and Garrya Nijo Castle launch in June, with two more properties slated to open now through 2026. Another partnership with Terraform Capital sees plans to build Cassia, a property in the ski resort of Niseko.
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Wilderness Reserve, an 8,000-acre estate of historic and charming properties, woodlands and lakes, invites visitors to its newly launched YOXMAN, a three-day, Michelin-starred dining experience. Four United Kingdom chefs come together to prepare an array of different cuisines throughout the weekend, and guests are treated to plenty of entertainment throughout the experience.
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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts adds to its growing collection with Rosewood Hotel Bauer, slated to open in Venice in 2025. Led by Venice-based architect Alberto Torsello and interior design group BAR Studio, the property will lie in the city’s historic San Marco district.