The Wello health tracker doubles as an iPhone case, making it the first device to measure and record your vitals wherever you are. Put your fingers on the embedded sensors and get key readings — blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature and electrocardiography — with medical-grade accuracy. There’s even a spirometer attachment (currently included) that measures lung capacity. Wello syncs the data to the accompanying app on your phone via Bluetooth and connects to other fitness trackers such as Fitbit devices, so you can see all your data in one place. Available for iPhone 4s/5/5s and compatible with Android devices as a stand-alone unit. Pre-order while FDA approval is pending; expected to ship this fall. $199.
This cloud-based WiFi video monitoring system is ridiculously user-friendly: Just plug in the camera, connect to your WiFi network, name the camera, create a free account and start live streaming. You can view live HD video, receive alerts for motion and sound on your smartphone or other devices and drop in live to talk to people (or pets). The optional Cloud Recording service saves up to 30 days (720 hours) of continuous video, so you can review footage on your device and share clips with family and friends. Dropcam features a 130-degree field of view, zoom capability, two-way talk and night vision. $199.
Polaroid Socialmatic Camera
Polaroid’s iconic Instamatic meets the social media age in this zippy, innovative camera. The WiFi-enabled, Android-based Polaroid Socialmatic lets you connect with your favorite apps to share your photos instantly — or print them from the camera on ink-free 2-inch by 3-inch paper with ZINK Zero Ink printing technology for smudgeproof, water-resistant and tear-resistant photos. Equipped with a 14-megapixel main lens, an LED flash and a 4.5-inch touch screen, it’s destined to become another icon. Available this fall. Price TBD.
Plantronics Voyager Edge
This sleek, futuristic Bluetooth headset optimizes your voice and minimizes noise caused by wind and background sounds. It also supports wideband audio, making it compatible with smartphones enabled for HD Voice. Its responsive smart sensor technology redirects calls to your phone or headset, pauses music for incoming calls and automatically answers calls as you place the headset on your ear. It also syncs to your contacts so you can hear who’s calling without having to look at your screen. Simply say “answer” to take the call, or “ignore” to send it to voicemail. Its portable charging case enables 16 hours of talk time. $129.99.
Four Seasons now offers a full-service, online shopping experience. Travelers can purchase Four Seasons beds, linens, towels, robes and more. Each product receives premium packaging and door-to-door delivery, with the shopping experience assisted by unique chat options — shoppers enjoy the Four Seasons standard of service from home.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
One of Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious urban retreats, Rosewood Washington D.C., recently reopened with new and revamped experiences.
In response to climate change, Germany’s Christian Democrats proposed doubling taxes on domestic flights to reduce CO2 emissions. The plan would exempt connecting flights (part of long-haul trips) so the impact would only be on the current tax of $8.10 per ticket for domestic flights.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
The Hyatt Regency brand returns to Cairo with the anticipated 2020 opening of Hyatt Regency Cairo West. The property is aimed at both business and leisure travelers with its close proximity to Pyramids Heights Business Park, diverse corporations and landmarks such as the Pyramids of Giza.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.