IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO FLY business or first class from London Heathrow airport on Virgin Atlantic, don't be alarmed to find yourself face-toface with airline employees wearing a wide grin and the latest technological marvel to hit the market - the Google Glass. The wearable technology, along with the Sony Smartwatch 2, will be used to identify and greet passengers by name and provide the latest updates on their flight information, weather and local events at their destination. A development that has been touted as the first step towards 'smart' flying, it is being tested by Virgin as a six-week pilot project before considering a wider roll-out. The airline also foresees potential for the technology to deliver more personalised services, such as identifying travellers' food preferences and travel habits. Heading towards a flying revolution, are we?
YOUR VISA IS A CLICK AWAY
RETURN OF THE SUPERSONIC JET?
Take heart, all ye who bemoan the retirement of the Concorde. Bostonbased Spike Aerospace plans to develop a 12-18 seater supersonic private jet capable of flying from New York to London in just under four hours. The aircraft, named Spike S-512 and made at a cost of $80 million, would be capable of touching 1,935 kmph - twice the speed of conventional jets. But as many hurdles lie in its way, especially an American rule prohibiting supersonic vehicles, here's to speeding the paperwork along!
INDIA'S OASIS OF LUXURY
There are luxury hotels of all shapes and sizes across the world, but Lonely Planet is of the firm belief that the most distinct among them is Mihir Garh, a fort built from scratch in the middle of the Thar desert in Rajasthan. Named as 'the most extraordinary hotel in the world' by the travel guide book publisher, Mihir Garh (Fort of the Sun) was a labour of love for owner Sidharth Singh - who engaged more than 100 local craftsmen and carpenters to create nine 1,700-sq feet suites over a period of two years. In the second place came Planet Baobab, a collection of grass and mud huts with an onsite "shebeen" (bar) in the Makgadikgadi salt pans of Botswana. Other extraordinary hotels include a collection of spherical treehouses suspended in a Vancouver Island forest, a 1869 lighthouse on the Hudson river, NY, and a cave hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey.
AFTER WALL, A TUNNEL FOR CHINA
TRAVEL LIGHT? MAYBE NOT
By Attorno A Me
A useful app for finding out what is around you and where you want to go next, Around Me determines your location and shows you facilities in the neighbourhood in accordance with various categories (such as ATMs, coffee shops and hotels). This is one app that will come in handy at home and abroad. The app is free.