Monthly Archives: September 2006

Embedded intelligence

Audi is experimenting with fingerprint technology to adjust seat settings, temperature control and radio settings. It doesn’t open the doors or start the engine, but it could. Other ‘intelligent’ features already include tyres that tell the driver when they’re getting … Continue reading

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Low cost

In 2003 low cost operators were responsible for 23% of all US air traffic. However, discount carriers are now finding that they are having to compete on more than just price as customers are demanding higher levels of comfort and … Continue reading

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Luxury travel

As low cost services spread across the world, so too does the appeal of the opposite: high-cost, high touch exclusivity and personal pampering. For some, low cost fares leave extra cash to splash out on expensive hotels, while for others … Continue reading

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Planned spontaneity

Travellers are taking advantage of the plethora of no-frills airlines, affordable hotels (also booked at the last moment) and last-minute/find-and-seek websites to increasingly act on a whim. Thus making spontaneous decisions to go somewhere is becoming the norm, especially for … Continue reading

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Growth in numbers

According to the World Tourism Organisation, there will be 1,500,000,000 airline trips made by the year 2020. That’s a lot of airmiles. Of course, a big rise in fuel prices could put an end to this since nobody has yet … Continue reading

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Grey geese (and other flocks)

Backbackers do it. Families with children do it. And couples aged 60+ do it. People of similar ages are increasingly moving around and doing the same things in flocks. The exception is young childless couples who want to do their … Continue reading

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Parasite singles

56% of men and 43% of women aged 18-24 still live at home in the US. In Japan young adults that won’t leave home are called parasite singles (because they pay little or no rent) while in Australia they’re called … Continue reading

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Gadget taxes

Will people watch TV in the future? The answer, I suspect, is yes but it depends on who you talk to. What does appear to be true is that younger generations have got a huge number of alternative choices targeted … Continue reading

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…at home

Companies want to cut costs and use technology instead of people and real estate wherever possible. This means that things like hospitals, libraries, post offices, schools and universities will all be trying to locate themselves in your home in the … Continue reading

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Urban living

Twenty years ago everyone seemed to be moving out of cities which were full of grime and crime. These days everyone seems to be moving back in because that’s where everything seems to happen. However, the high cost of real … Continue reading

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