Just tell us all about your greatest effort in 2017 or 2018.
With U.S. congressional hearings behind him, an upbeat Mark Zuckerberg was back to work as normal. He addressed the company’s F8 developer conference on Tuesday in San Jose, California. Watching live online, The Travel Vertical picked up these highlights, in which the keyword was “building.”
- More aggressively tackling privacy and hate-speech issues while continuing to build.
- Building a “Clear History” option for users to scrub their accounts of data sent to Facebook via outside apps and websites.
- Building a new dating site for your non-friends, one that friends cannot see without your OK. Note: shares of Match Group Inc., owner of Match.com, OKCupid, and Tinder shares fell 21% immediately.
- Relief for app makers as Facebook returns to app review and approval, which had been stalled due to the urgency of privacy-related work.
- New Instagram features for video chat and to allow posting information from outside apps directly to Instagram Stories where they remain for 24 hours.
- Oculus Go, a cordless virtual reality headset, immediately made available in 23 countries, supporting 1,000 apps, games, and movies to download on the headset, starting out with 21 loaded. The U.S. price is $199 for 32GB and $249 for 64GB.
- Messenger to get into multi-lingual conversation capabilities, starting with English-Spanish.
- Introducing VR Memories and 3D Photos.
Deep in the San Fernando Valley, The Pan Am Experience recreates the experience of flying aboard a luxurious 747. Dinner guests are transported back in time to the late ‘60s/early ‘70s, when flying was glamorous and Pan Am was an elite airline.
Two Pan Am memorabilia collectors became the co-founders, perfecting all the details that make the Pan Am Experience a smashing success. The event has been largely sold out since it began in 2014. Read more in Forbes here.
A similar phenomenon is being staged in Tokyo. Japanese airline-themed restaurant First Airlines, offers visitors a first class flying experience that includes a virtual reality immersive tour of Hawaii, New York, Paris, or Rome. The “in-flight meals” are themed around the country of destination for the evening’s flight and served from airline trolleys.
It’s the VR destination video portion of the flight that makes First Airlines unique. It also plays “relay video” featuring pre-taped interviews of locals who describe what it’s like to live in their destination cities. Read more and see a video in Tnooz here.
Summing up the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, here’s a look at how four emerging consumer technologies will likely impact the travel industry over the next decade:
- Ridiculously Fast 5G Mobile Bandwith
- Virtual Reality Fizzles, Augmented Reality Emerges
- Voice Search and Buying
- Smart Speakers Are the New Tablets
Read more here.
One expert observer found VR to be noticeably absent from the exhibition floor at London World Travel Market, stating that print is alive and well in travel.
He writes, “…deliver a less than awe-inspiring content experience via VR headset to a now incredibly experienced, digital content savvy audience and you’ll lose their interest quicker than you can say ‘Oculus Rift.'”