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This robot guides travelers around a busy airport

This robot guides travelers around a busy airport

Seeing as how the busiest travel season of the year is now in full swing, it would be the perfect time to debut a robotic airport guide to help direct tired and stressed out travelers. That's exactly what Örebro University is doing as part of their research with Spencer the robot at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. The international hub is known to have a terminal layout that is confusing to navigate, so the robot, outfitted with detailed maps, aims to help passengers get to the right place in time for their flight.

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Why an American Express Platinum is a road-warrior’s must-have

Why an American Express Platinum is a road-warrior’s must-have

When you travel a lot, like I do, spending half your time every month on the road, you quickly figure out what's your go-to kit. For me, as well as my laptop, camera, smartphone, and a bag full of cables and adapters, the American Express Platinum has now graduated to travel must-have.

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FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

When it comes to recharging gadgets, sometimes your only option is spare pre-charged batteries. That’s all fine and well, only now the FAA doesn’t want you checking them into your checked baggage, citing concerns about security and safety. According to a new report, the FAA has advised airlines to ban lithium bags from checked luggage, something that will force passengers to put them in carry-ons instead.

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NASA’s Waze-for-planes software could save airlines millions

NASA’s Waze-for-planes software could save airlines millions

NASA has just announced an app its developed that aims to help the pilots here on earth, rather than those heading into space. Dubbed Traffic Aware Planner (TAP), the app runs on a standard tablet and can be added to a plane's cockpit without the need for changes. TAP works by trying to determine a route that will shorten travel times, in turn reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

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This ambitious plan aims to bring Concorde back to life

This ambitious plan aims to bring Concorde back to life

A well-funded plan to get the supersonic Concorde back into the skies after being grounded for more than a decade plans a relaunch before the 2020. The much-missed jet, one of only two commercial services to break the speed of sound, ended service in 2003, but a £160m ($248m) investment might see the remaining aircraft once again take flight.

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Boeing’s R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner hits the skies next month

Boeing’s R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner hits the skies next month

Get ready to book some airline tickets, Star Wars fans, as Boeing's new R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner will begin service next month. The droid-designed aircraft represents one of the first big international marketing pushes for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. The plane will be operated by Japanese airline ANA, which has also revealed several other Star Wars themed aircrafts that will take to the skies soon.

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TUMI and AT&T announce luggage tracking device

TUMI and AT&T announce luggage tracking device

TUMI has teamed up with AT&T and the group called LugTrack to launch the TUMI Global Locator for luggage. The folks at TUMI make their living from providing consumers with high quality bags of all sorts - this device would make certain that luggage owners know where their luggage is at all times. The TUMI Global Locator is a wireless tracking device you place in your luggage when you're going on a long flight and cannot do without whatever you've packed along.

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Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan All Nippon Airways begin rolling out Star Wars: The Force Awakens airliners complete with BB-8 droid action. This is the first major-scale branding effort from Lucasfilm and Disney, hitting the largest of all the busses in the most Japan-centric way possible. This is the same airliner that rolls with Pokemon-themed coverings as well as R2-D2-themed jets. Have a peek below to see a collection of flight-ready planes run by this airline over the past couple of years. First you're going to see the ball-droid, BB-8, our new hero.

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Patent for “slideable” plane seats might be terrible idea

Patent for “slideable” plane seats might be terrible idea

Leg room in airplanes today is a luxury and is one of the many pain points to traveling by air. A new patent aims to solve that but might inevitably make matters worse and cause havoc inside plane cabins. The "Method and Apparatus for Adjusting the Space of Vehicle Seats Based on the Size of the Seat Occupant" pretty much boils down to being able to slide a seat forward or backward to create more leg room for the passenger. That is, if anyone actually gets to sit in the first place.

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WalkCar is a laptop-shaped skateboard ‘car’ for your city travels

WalkCar is a laptop-shaped skateboard ‘car’ for your city travels

Cars and big cities don't go together well. Parking is expensive. Free parking is rare. You're liable to spend more time sitting in traffic jams than it'd take you to ride a bike. Bikes, though, pose their own problems -- no one wants to show up to work sweaty, and even bikes can be cumbersome. The next step down is a skateboard, but it can present the same sort of problems, only on a smaller level. Enter electronic options, and most recently the "WalkCar", a laptop-shaped electric skateboard for urban travel.

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2017 Audi R8 First Drive – All supercar, no compromises

2017 Audi R8 First Drive – All supercar, no compromises

There’s driving, and then there’s driving a car that thinks it’s a racer. Thing is, the Audi R8 has the credentials to back that up, born from an unmistakably noble family of champions and given the same name as a Le Mans winning sports car. For the 2017 R8, Audi turned to the same engineering team that developed the Nurburgring 24 Hours-winning R8 LMS race car, including half a shared parts bucket. It’s something I found hard to forget when Audi invited SlashGear to Portugal, to be among the first to try the new R8 on the track.

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A network glitch grounded every United flight today

A network glitch grounded every United flight today

All United Airlines flights were grounded today, as a software glitch forced the company to put every trip on hold around the world. Described by the FAA as an "automation" issue, the problem was later referred to as one of "network connectivity" by United at approximately 9am ET, which said it was working on the fault. It's unclear at this stage how many travelers were affected by the grounded flights, which resumed at around 9:50am ET.

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