Wearable Technology for Travel

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Most of the people are now on mobile, but for travelers, being on mobile is one thing and having a wearable is another. While it’s safe to say that wearable technology is likely to follow the mobile explosion, the travel industry must brace itself with another imminent fact: travelers want other ways to enjoy their trips and explorations and wearables may just be the best things for it.
Wearable Technology Isn’t Just “In” Today, It is Apt
Technology has had a sordid past of being mocked about. Consider the case of the first bus-size PCs which needed a technician to operate. If we can look back how far personal computer has come a long way – from their gigantic sizes to the present day tablets and smartphones that fit the size of our palms, we must have learned our lessons. Evolution in technology is inevitable and indeed, it’s just a matter of time when we come to wear and use them in a daily basis.
That time has arrived and is now making a huge impact on the travel industry. Here are some statistics that prove how wearable technology is not being treated just as a fad, but as a necessary technological leap the travel industry needs to embrace.
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Travelers are able to book transportations and accommodations, as well as check for directions and get access to travel-related information through their mobile device. It is predicted that $40 billion revenue in the travel industry will be made through mobile devices in 2015.
In 2013, 7% of travel devices were made and completed through table devices.
Travel companies such as airbnb sees that most of their traffic and revenues were made through mobiles purchases. It is also foreseen that this pattern will stay, if not increases, in the following years.
Suffice to say, technology is not evolving just in size, such as the case of personal computers to mobile devices, but also in delivering efficiency and providing experience to consumers.
Virgin Atlantic’s First Run on Wearables
To conduct a dry run on how wearables can impact the travel experience both on the traveler and the airline staff, Virgin Atlantic provides some insights into the issue. Concierge staff at the said airline company was made to wear Google Glass and smartwatches at the London Heathrow airport. The overall experience was reported to be very positive citing the streamlined process of checking in passengers and less paper work from the side of the staff.
The trial proves that wearables can as much be as personal as they can be entrepreneurial tools. While passengers can use these technologies in a much more personal level, wearable technology can also provide positive impacts on business processes.
IT Director of Virgin Atlantic Dave Bulman stated in the SITA website that “While it’s fantastic that more people can now fly than ever before, the fact that air travel has become so accessible has led to some of the sheen being lost for many passengers.
You can see more of this article in the September 2014 issue of ModelsMania

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