Hotel app for Google Glass showcased in Dubai
'Hotel near me' app revealed at Arabian Travel Market this week
The world's first hotel booking app for wearable technology was launched on Wednesday and showcased in Dubai at the Arabian Travel Market, Gulf News reported.
Launched by online travel agency, Destinia.com, the ‘Hotel near me' app, which was demonstrated using Google Glass, allows Glass users to find nearby hotels based on their GPS location and then filter the results by cost, star-rating and proximity.
The optimal head-mounted display (OHMD) technology works through user voice commands and trigger-sentences like "OK Glass, find me a hotel" and "place to stay". Travellers using the app will have access to information on over 230,000 hotels across the world.
According to the Gulf News, Ian Webber, development director at Madrid-based Destinia.com, said a mobile app will follow shortly, but perfecting the Google Glass app is the priority.
"We're now developing the mobile app for Android and Apple, which will be more commercially-minded. Not many people have Google Glass at the moment, but it's going to be much more important for the future. You will be able to stand anywhere in the world and say "find me a hotel" and the technology will do exactly that.
"And we're just beta-testing now, but so far it's working pretty well and we think we're close to the final product," he said.
Upon completion, the app will be available in 25 languages including Arabic, Mandarin and Japanese as well as a range of European languages. The smartphone version of the app will be released in "a couple of months", said Webber.
Meanwhile, Emirates 24/7 has reported that the number of people using mobile and tablet devices to book travel has increased.
Speaking during a conference on digital trends at the ATM, Jackie Groves, sales and marketing director at UK-based Intuitive said: "Since 2012 the use of tablets has increased by almost 6% and tablet users spend 21% more than desktop users and 54% more than smartphone users per purchase. Almost 20% of online leisure bookings are made on mobile devices".