On our recent trip around the world, between us we flew 9 airlines. The no-frills Tiger flight from Singapore to Hong Kong was a reminder of how aviation used to be just a short while ago – no entertainment, no navigation, no web access. The other flights, in contrast, showed the remarkable range of consumer technology in the air these days.
The Delta Navigation UX
The Air France interactive Navigation UX
Singapore Air Navigation UX
Cameras on Emirates which show views from cockpit and the belly of the plane
Wide range of entertainment on Emirates, including the entire Star Wars movie set
We flew on wide bodies on most segments and most had power outlets and USB ports. Here is one on a Singapore 777
Internet availability is still spotty and expensive, but with GoGo, Delta has coverage over much of the world's water.
Rooftop tents are great, unless you're also traveling with bikes, skis, or boats. The two-person, rack-friendly Tepui White Lightning lets you bring them all. The hardtop's mounts attach to most popular racks to carry up to 60 additional pounds on top of the tent. Even when it's fully loaded, the fiberglass-platform tent pops open with enough room to sleep two. Climb up the included telescoping ladder, and through an oversize mesh door you'll find a 2.5-inch-thick foam mattress that guarantees a good night's sleep wherever you park.
‘The notion of building a flexibility engine, which is essentially the software that runs this thing, is applicable in a broad range of industries. Any industry where the complexity of the purchase relates to the customer's flexibility ultimately will use these kinds of flexibility engines. I believe we're really the first of an entirely new category of software here. I'll give you an example. In health care, if you say to me, "If you'll be flexible and drive an extra five minutes to get this X-ray, your health care provider will give you $50 in incentives to do it." Of course you're willing to make tradeoffs and be flexible as long as you have confidence in the product quality you're buying. The same is true with us. As long as we put you on a major airline and you get to see the airline in advance before you buy the package, your flexibility is something you're willing to modify. Show me what my flexibility is worth. It's true in health care, it's going be true in business travel. I suspect it's gonna be true in a fair number of places where people have flexibility. Nobody has ever been able to show them what it's worth. I'm willing to trade off comfort and convenience often for other benefits I want more. Right now those things are all invisible in the data set. But what big data software allows you to do is make invisible things visible.”
In the geopolitical sphere, the recently signed nuclear deal between Iran (in photo) and the UN security council has opened up opportunities for Americans to more readily visit the cosmopolitan capital of Tehran and the mosques of Kashan. And while Cuba was onlast year’s list, a spate of new cruises that dock in Havana—all thanks to eased travel restrictions for Americans—mean the destination is continuing to blossom. Cruise ships are also heading to Batumi, in Georgia, with its gorgeous botanical garden. It’s a Black Sea port that’s gaining attention from the big cruise brands given the safety concerns in Ukraine.
The mobile home 2.0 from a design firm in Bratislava, Slovakia.
“Ecocapsule is powered by a built-in wind turbine complemented with an array of solar cells. Dual power system and a high-capacity battery ensures that you will have enough power during periods of reduced solar or wind activity.
Spherical shape is optimized for the collection of rainwater and dew and the built-in water filters allow you to utilize any water source.”
“Ecocapsule fits into a standard shipping container and no special preparations and precautions are necessary to transport Ecocapsule worldwide. It can be shipped, airlifted, towed or even pulled by a pack animal.”
Quieter, greener supersonic travel is the focus of eight studies selected by NASA's Commercial Supersonic Technology Project to receive more than $2.3 million in funding for research that may help overcome the remaining barriers to commercial supersonic flight.
The research, which will be conducted by universities and industry, will address sonic booms and high-altitude emissions from supersonic jets.