Apple Watch column published in Conde Nast Traveller
Conde Nast Traveller recently commissioned a column from me about how the Apple Watch may benefit travellers, as well as a wider look at potential use cases for the new technology.
You can read the full article on Conde Nast Traveller. An excerpt is below.
With the launch of Apple's first watch, Nate Lanxon muses on the possibilities for travellers now that wearable tech feels like it has finally arrived
It's a warm August evening in Barcelona as you step out of your hotel lobby onto the busy street beyond. Your wrist vibrates, you turn right and begin a ten-minute walk to that evening's choice of restaurant. You approach a junction; your wrist vibrates slightly differently, and so this time you take a left. Three more minutes, another vibration signals you to turn right. After a few hundred feet you're staring at the door of your chosen restaurant.
You slide your jacket sleeve up and the map on your Apple Watch, synced to the iPhone in your pocket, closes - it has completed its task. You've been guided using GPS and never once revealed to opportunistic onlookers that you had any doubts over your route that evening - or any valuable device navigating you.
This is one scenario Apple has predicted will become the norm. The Apple Watch - or "iWatch" to the rest of us - tells the time, but its usefulness as a timepiece is perhaps amongst the least of its uses. More useful to travellers, its integrated near-field communication sensor (NFC) can double as a contactless key to unlock hotel room doors once hotel chains sign up with Apple to support this feature. One group, Starwood Hotels, which operates 1,200 properties including W Hotels, St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton and more, has already jumped on board. That's the first nail in the hotel keycard's coffin already hammered.
You can read the full article on Conde Nast Traveller.