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jetBlue comes to LastMinuteTravel.com

February 5th, 2010

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Fans of jetBlue Airways will be pleased to know they can now book their electronic tickets right on LastMinuteTravel.com. We now provide real time access to jetBlue’s last minute seat availability and fares. Since there is never a fee to book flights on LastMinuteTravel.com, you can save big by combining your flight and hotel into a custom package. Now that’s happy traveling.

If you haven’t visited our flight page recently, then you’ve also missed out on our new easy to use tools that will help you slide into exactly the right flight at exactly the right price for your travel needs.

air booking tool

Need to travel at a specific time or want to avoid those long layovers? You can now set the parameters. You’re also able to set how many stops you want, search only specific airlines, or set the price range. If your travel dates are flexible we have a new tool that makes it easy to find the best available fares. These are just a few of the tools you’ll find on LastMinuteTravel.com that make your travel planning as simple as 1-2-3.

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Apple’s iPad - A Game Changer for Travel?

January 29th, 2010

Apple’s iPad is the innovative company’s latest attempt to fill a gap in our modern lives, even if we didn’t know that gap even existed. It will finally transfer media consumption from the home office computer and into the living room for millions of families. Then, when you’re on vacation, you’ll be able to bring that same device with you to lighten the load and open up more doors to knowledge than ever before.

As it exists in this initial version, the real potential for the iPad would seem to be as an interactive replacement for paper guidebooks. No need to lug one around for each country you plan to visit, just upload the latest copy with the latest peer reviews onto the device overnight and away you go in the morning. Sync everything up to Google Maps and you find exactly where you are in relation to that highly recommended restaurant with suggested walking routes to get there. Since the iPad weights less than two pounds, your back will thank you.

If you have to travel long distances, the iPad will function as your on-board entertainment device. Watch your favorite films or download art and music from artists who live where you’ll be visiting. Want to get some feeling of the local flair? Then have the iPad auto translate the local newspaper website on the fly.

The iPad has the potential to become your child’s all-in-one learning device. Even when on vacation, they’ll be able to get assignments from school, interact with the teacher, and submit homework for grading from the device. This will make it easier to go off and learn things about the world without feeling guilty about missing a couple of school days.

With iWork and similar applications you will be able to download photos off your camera, organize and edit them while you’re on the road. With iBook you can have all your favorite reading material with you, not to mention the NY Times and a load of magazines.

There are a lot of great application possibilities that will not be realized until the iPad adds a forward facing camera. The augmented reality features available for iPhones and similar mobile device are already making choices easier for travelers, but imagine that with more screen real estate. Point the iPad at a ruined fortress and you’ll see what it looked like at the height of its power on the screen. Point at a restaurant and see tonights menu along with reviews and maybe coupons.

Another great ability would be to take a picture of some writing, say on a map or sign, in a foreign language and have it translated on the spot for you. You never have to worry you’re not getting all the details ever again.

So, will the iPad change the way we travel forever? Probably not. However, it is proof of concept for devices that could.

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Hotel Room of the Future

April 8th, 2008

What does technology hold for the future of hotel rooms? X- Room in the University of Delaware Courtyard Hotel provides a sneak peak. This hotel room looks like an ordinary hotel room but the traditional features are very futuristic. I will break down each of these features into 4 main categories:

  • Cool Features
  • Useful Features
  • Environmentally Friendly Features
  • Safety Features

Cool Features
The traditional TV in X-Room has been replaced with a Microsoft Media Center. This media center features computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, Internet access, Live TV with all the features, full length music albums, and a hard drive that can hold 150 movies. The remote controlled digital picture frame allows guests to display their own pictures in the hotel room to make them feel more at home. The traditional alarm clock has been replaced with “clocky” the walking alarm clock. The guest sets clocky and activates clocky’s wheels. When the alarm goes off, clocky runs around and hides somewhere in the room. The guest has to physically get up and find clocky to shut the alarm off. With about 1 million algorithms clocky has a different place to hide each time.

Useful Features
The X-Room’s digital guest room assistant console features a do not disturb indicator, make up room indicator, climate control, lighting control, guest directory and telephone access. Anyfill universal battery charger can charge your cell phone battery, digital camcorder battery, digital camera battery and much more. The recharge time is less than a traditional charger for an added convenience.

Environmentally Friendly Features
The green technology shower head consumes 70% less water while delivering 70% more water pressure. Like most traditional hotel bathrooms the X-Room features a hair dryer which consumes 40% less energy than a regular hair dryer.

Safety Features
For added security, the X-Room’s peep hole is digital camera with a fish eye lens that enables the guest to see more than the traditional peep hole.

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