For USD 231,000, design your own hotel room made of ice
Many holidaymakers are keen to find ways they can make their trip unique, and getting to decide what goes into a hotel room is one way to do just that. While UK-based Whitbread has already used its smart tech-enabled hub spaces to lend a measure of personalization to its hotel rooms, Sweden’s ICEHOTEL is going one further, enabling customers to work with designers to create their own bespoke ice creations before they arrive. READ MORE…

For USD 231,000, design your own hotel room made of ice

Many holidaymakers are keen to find ways they can make their trip unique, and getting to decide what goes into a hotel room is one way to do just that. While UK-based Whitbread has already used its smart tech-enabled hub spaces to lend a measure of personalization to its hotel rooms, Sweden’s ICEHOTEL is going one further, enabling customers to work with designers to create their own bespoke ice creations before they arrive. READ MORE…

In South Africa, free-to-use electric cycle taxis are paid for by ads
In big cities, congested roads mean that public transport is the predominant mode of travel and if residents need to take a car, it’s usually a taxi. The Netherlands’ Hopper has already explored the possibility of eco taxi travel with its one-person electric scooters, and now Mellowcabs is enabling South African citizens to travel for free in its electric cycle cabs that are funded by advertising. READ MORE…

In South Africa, free-to-use electric cycle taxis are paid for by ads

In big cities, congested roads mean that public transport is the predominant mode of travel and if residents need to take a car, it’s usually a taxi. The Netherlands’ Hopper has already explored the possibility of eco taxi travel with its one-person electric scooters, and now Mellowcabs is enabling South African citizens to travel for free in its electric cycle cabs that are funded by advertising. READ MORE…

Group dating service connects New Yorkers with San Franciscans
Dating isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and it’s made more difficult when there’s a gender imbalance in the city. In New York City, there are 100,000 more women of dating age, and in San Francisco, there are 40,000 more men than women. To solve this problem, matchmaking service The Dating Ring is helping the two groups out by flying single New York women across the country for long distance dating. READ MORE…

Group dating service connects New Yorkers with San Franciscans

Dating isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and it’s made more difficult when there’s a gender imbalance in the city. In New York City, there are 100,000 more women of dating age, and in San Francisco, there are 40,000 more men than women. To solve this problem, matchmaking service The Dating Ring is helping the two groups out by flying single New York women across the country for long distance dating. READ MORE…

Jacket helps airline passengers dodge luggage fees
Baggage can be a contentious issue at airports, with passengers often facing extra fees if they go over the limit for any checked-in luggage. Last year, Samoa Air even became the first airline to introduce a pay-by-weight system for its customers. Offering a cheeky solution for consumers hoping to avoid these fees, Bulgaria’s Jaktogo is a lightweight jacket that can help passengers ‘smuggle’ 10kg of extra luggage into airplanes. READ MORE…

Jacket helps airline passengers dodge luggage fees

Baggage can be a contentious issue at airports, with passengers often facing extra fees if they go over the limit for any checked-in luggage. Last year, Samoa Air even became the first airline to introduce a pay-by-weight system for its customers. Offering a cheeky solution for consumers hoping to avoid these fees, Bulgaria’s Jaktogo is a lightweight jacket that can help passengers ‘smuggle’ 10kg of extra luggage into airplanes. READ MORE…

App tags physical places with personal stories
The offline world is gradually becoming connected with the web, and we’ve already seen apps such as Grafetee let users ‘bookmark’ physical locations. Created by Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, Findery now helps to link stories with real-world locations through geotagged ‘notes’ that can be left for online explorers to discover. READ MORE…

App tags physical places with personal stories

The offline world is gradually becoming connected with the web, and we’ve already seen apps such as Grafetee let users ‘bookmark’ physical locations. Created by Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, Findery now helps to link stories with real-world locations through geotagged ‘notes’ that can be left for online explorers to discover. READ MORE…

This app will decide where users go on holiday
Searching for a holiday can often involve endless checking of multiple websites to find the best deals, as well as a mass of research to discover the best places to go. Even then it’s not guaranteed that travelers will end up catching the lowest prices or picking a location that truly matches their interests. Aiming to make holiday booking a less painful experience, Hitlist is a social app that offers up destination ideas based on users’ interests, as well the optimal time to go according to flight fares. READ MORE…

This app will decide where users go on holiday

Searching for a holiday can often involve endless checking of multiple websites to find the best deals, as well as a mass of research to discover the best places to go. Even then it’s not guaranteed that travelers will end up catching the lowest prices or picking a location that truly matches their interests. Aiming to make holiday booking a less painful experience, Hitlist is a social app that offers up destination ideas based on users’ interests, as well the optimal time to go according to flight fares. READ MORE…

Bus company brings seats to life with AR
Public transport journeys can be a pain when customers forget to bring a book or some music to pass the time. We’ve already seen Spain’s National Reading Plan enable train users to get the first chapter of books on their smartphones through QR code posters, and now First Aberdeen in Scotland is getting passengers to scan the backs of its seats to receive information and entertainment on their mobile devices. READ MORE…

Bus company brings seats to life with AR

Public transport journeys can be a pain when customers forget to bring a book or some music to pass the time. We’ve already seen Spain’s National Reading Plan enable train users to get the first chapter of books on their smartphones through QR code posters, and now First Aberdeen in Scotland is getting passengers to scan the backs of its seats to receive information and entertainment on their mobile devices. READ MORE…

This jacket could save your life
For those pitting themselves against the elements, practical clothing isn’t just useful, it can be lifesaving. While it may not be able to stop gunfire, like Garrison Bespoke’s Bulletproof Suit, the Life Tech jacket from Seymourpowell is designed to double as an extreme survival kit that uses smart tech to help wearers in a variety of dangerous situations. READ MORE…

This jacket could save your life

For those pitting themselves against the elements, practical clothing isn’t just useful, it can be lifesaving. While it may not be able to stop gunfire, like Garrison Bespoke’s Bulletproof Suit, the Life Tech jacket from Seymourpowell is designed to double as an extreme survival kit that uses smart tech to help wearers in a variety of dangerous situations. READ MORE…

Dutch airline passengers can now buy a flight through Facebook and Twitter
In the recent past, we’ve seen Soldsie leverage social conversations as a payment platform — enabling users to buy fashion products by simply leaving a comment on the relevant Facebook photos. While a flight is typically a much larger purchase, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is also now enabling its customers to confirm and pay for a seat on one of their flights through social media platforms. READ MORE…

Dutch airline passengers can now buy a flight through Facebook and Twitter

In the recent past, we’ve seen Soldsie leverage social conversations as a payment platform — enabling users to buy fashion products by simply leaving a comment on the relevant Facebook photos. While a flight is typically a much larger purchase, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is also now enabling its customers to confirm and pay for a seat on one of their flights through social media platforms. READ MORE…

App enables on-the-fly meetups with fellow solo travelers
Traveling is all about taking in new experiences and meeting new people, and the latter can be especially important for solo trekkers. While sites like Globetrooper already helps groups looking to plan a journey with likeminded strangers, Backpackr is a new app that lets lone tourists and hikers check in real time when others that share their interests are nearby. READ MORE…

App enables on-the-fly meetups with fellow solo travelers

Traveling is all about taking in new experiences and meeting new people, and the latter can be especially important for solo trekkers. While sites like Globetrooper already helps groups looking to plan a journey with likeminded strangers, Backpackr is a new app that lets lone tourists and hikers check in real time when others that share their interests are nearby. READ MORE…