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Added 17 October, 2017

NVIDIA HAS SHOWN OFF the 'world's first' AI computer designed to power fully-autonomous 'robotaxis'. The new system, codenamed Pegasus, marks the first time that Nvidia's Drive PX platform has been capable of driving Level 5 driverless cars, which refers to vehicles that require no human control. Rather, Level 5 vehicles have full automation...

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Added 16 October, 2017

CUBIC, a San Diego-based technology company, is developing a "fastrack gateless gateline" that would enable commuters to pay for train tickets via facial recognition payment technology. The system will scan people's faces as they walk through a gate, while a paired smartphone app enables a seamlessly cashless transaction. An expected 65 to 75...

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Added 14 October, 2017

Muscovites could soon pay for their metro rides with a ring expected to go on sale later this month, its developer told the Govorit Moskva news agency on Tuesday. The Moscow-based PayRing company brands its product as a contactless bank card in the form of a ring. A company employee said deliveries would start in late October. A spokesperson...

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Added 14 October, 2017

The International Spa Association’s (ISPA) 2017 U.S. Spa Industry Study indicates that “wellness” continues to top the list of current spa trends. Quoting from the Study’s Executive Summary: "Wellness/health/fitness remained, by far, the most frequently cited trend affecting the spa industry, and was mentioned by almost one in three spas (32...

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Added 12 October, 2017

Discovery is partnering with Google on a virtual reality travel series that spans all seven continents. The 38-episode experience explores the rituals and traditions of cultures in North and South America, Asia, Australia, Africa, Antartica, and Europe. Emmy award-winner Sascha Unseld, who also directed Oculus Story Studio's Dear Angelica VR...

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Added 12 October, 2017

Google Pixel Buds wireless headphones with real-time language translation will soon be available to consumers. The first iteration of this technology could be glitchy, but the ability to translate speech into 40 languages could turn out to be a killer app for the travel industry. By touching the right earbud, users can receive instantaneous...

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Added 4 October, 2017

Yotel is receiving a $250 million investment from Barry Sternlicht's Starwood Capital Group to expand at a time when pod-style hotels are growing in popularity and interest among developers and consumers alike. Starwood Capital, the private investment firm, is acquiring a 30 percent stake in the process. Currently, Yotel operates four airport...

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Added 3 October, 2017

The DIY dinner meal kit business is coming to Disney World. The family-friendly vacation destination has just announced that a new pre-portioned meal kit is now being sold for guests staying in villas that have full kitchens at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Disney Vacation Club villas feature full kitchens that can be used to...

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Added 1 October, 2017

Cruising is already one of the cheapest ways to travel, but this yacht rental startup could be giving cruises a run for their money. No longer for the super rich, yachts can now be rented in Europe for a mere €99 ($117) per day. That’s the promise behind Float, a disruptor that launched this past June in Monaco and St. Tropez — and that’s...

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Added 29 September, 2017

Boeing is sponsoring the GoFly competition, which aims to create the first personal flying device with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities. The competition’s organizers, a mix of aviation engineers and enthusiasts, have spent the last two years working with aviation groups and authorities, and Boeing, to devise the rules and...