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.
Norway, a haven for visionary artists, architects and designers, showcases an exceptionally diverse array of cultural attractions. This year, the country commemorates exciting milestones and unveilings captivating enthusiasts of the arts, from iconic scenic routes to new museums to gallery openings. Up Norway features these new offerings in personalized itineraries catered to aesthetes.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
As a peripatetic traveler, I am always trying to balance the pleasures of dining well with a life-long challenge to control my weight. It’s not always easy, because I consider tasting typical, authentic regional dishes among the highlights of most journeys, and those foods are rarely known for “healthful” rankings! So, I started staying at spas way back in the 1980s — before they were ubiquitous — because meals were assured to be pure, clean and wholesome.
Flying to the paradise of Turks & Caicos has never been easier thanks to many new, non-stop flights across three airlines to the destination. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways all announced new flights, allowing travelers to visit this dreamy destination.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) believes business travel is a fundamental force for good and brings the industry together to connect, innovate and set new standards. With members from across the globe, GBTA engages the many voices of business travel to build a collective future, providing a platform for buyers and suppliers to come together, connect with peers, grow their network and shape the future of the industry.
The Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes recently opened in Bordeaux’s elegant Chartrons district, bringing 97 upscale rooms to France’s southwestern city. Occupying a 19th-century house that once held the wine cellars of Maison Calvet, the hotel marks Mondrian’s first European property for celebrated Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, who helms the menu and concept for the hotel’s restaurant, Morimoto Bordeaux.
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Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Unbridled Hedonism: Brush Creek Ranch’s Wine and Spirits Program Appeals to Adventure-Seeking Guests
On a late-summer afternoon warmed by the high-altitude sun, the clean scent of scraggly sagebrush wafting through the air, I followed a trail with other riders, tugging at the rein as my horse munched on high grass. The friendly wranglers discouraged us from allowing this “eating on the job,” but I couldn’t blame my horse, as we all anticipated liquid treats at the end of our dusty ride.