It is always a great time to travel. But 2018 is predicted to be a great year for techy travelers with the reintroduction of wireless, travel friendly drones, and more personalized ways to travel. Here are the new and exciting advances in travel tech to expect this year regardless of whether you are going to go and buy a commercial property in Melbourne or are going on holiday in the Grampians or attending a Brisbane festival. So once you have set your destination, you can bring along a little tech power to your travels.
This device acts like a walkie-takie add on for your phone when you have no signal.
Planning to have a getaway abroad and don’t want to pay for mobile data while overseas? Or maybe you might go off-the-grid while visiting remote places. Go Tenna is the best solution for stay connected with the world. It is a Bluetooth operated plug-in device that allows you to send messages even when you are out of coverage area. Messages are transmitted via radio waves, so no more getting lost at the airport pick up.
Mavic Pro Drone
This drone creates stunning aerial imagery, whilst only taking up 734 grams in your baggage.
Who doesn’t enjoy the dazzling montages of drone footage from Portugal, Miami and Myanmar? With DJi’s latest product, the Mavic, you can produce your own aerial videos and photography. Despite reaching 40mph and recording for 27 minutes at a time, this small and compact drone has been considered as the most consumer-friendly due to its size. News has it that the GoPro Karma will be relaunching in 2018 as well – ideal if you’ve already got your Hero to hand.
Just a friendly reminder, before flying your drone anywhere, be sure to check the local laws and airspace regulations. You might end up leaving your drone behind the airport, which is worth considering when you pack.
This device is an in-ear fitness tracker and headphone.
2017 might have been the year for Apple’s earbuds. However, 2018 is for Bragi Dash. Earphones use is taken to the next level, with wearable tech being crossbred with the earbuds. These earphones not only play your favorite tunes via two wireless buds, but they have in-ear biometric sensors, they’re waterproof, and they can take wireless calls as well. You can even take a conference call on the surfboard or while you are selling commercial real estate even.
Smart Luggage Locks
What does it do?
Keys are things of the past. This device Locks your luggage using Bluetooth instead of keys.
2018 brings a new convenient and worry free way of travelling. No more lost keys or forgotten codes. The Masterlock utilized Bluetooth technology to open and lock your suitcase. Once the eLocks app is downloaded, users and access permissions for your own device and a number of others can be managed. GFC will also be introducing their new eGee Touch Smart Luggage Lock. This Bluetooth controlled zipper lock operates via the NFC app. There’s also a built-in TSA Lock in case you fly back and forth from the States often.
Pixel Phone + Google International Data
This device gets rid of data roaming boundaries.
Google has launched one of its best devices, an exceptional smartphone: 15-minute charge time, a 12.3 megapixel camera, powered by a super fast operating system. However, travelers are more attracted to the international data plan that comes along with it. US citizens can now buy the Google Pixel on any of the data plans, which will work in more than 135 countries. No roaming charges, no extra SIM cards needed. As of the moment, the device is only available to those who have a US mailing address, and 2018 will be the year to watch the reviews of the data coverage from country to country. This is what an it services company can assist you with should you have any issues.
Self driving vehicles will make for a smooth and hassle-free driving experience
UK has successfully tested driverless cars and has confirmed their safety. However, it might take until 2020 for insurance policies and new driving laws are adapted to suit autonomous vehicles. There has been a number of cities that tested out this technology before UK. The world’s first autonomous bus system has been launched in Helsinki, San Francisco has been the recipient for testing Google’s driverless cars and Uber is currently testing autonomous vehicles in Boston as well. This will allow for more productive network performance monitoring while the car drives itself.
The Return of the Travel Agent
Travel has been personalized with bots and algorithms.
AIl intelligence has been improving year-on-year, so it’s no surprise we will see more travel experiences that are being tailored to each customers need. Brian Chesky, the founder of AirBnB, pioneered this kind of service and unleashed the world of Trips at the Los Angeles Open this year. These experiences will be customized around the host, whether you’re after vintage shopping in Paris or hiking through the Balkans. Skyscanner introduced a new skill called Skyscanner Search for Alexa this year. Alexa is the AI ‘bot’ for Amazon, which you can ask a variety of questions too without going through any stressful communications. It’s almost like going back in time to a travel agent at your fingertips that can tell you in an instant what’s on in brisbane.