A new gadget can bring back memories of a trip, but some experts warn that using it to re-live a vacation could prove problematic.
A new device has caught the eye of the tourism industry, and it’s bringing with it new concerns.
Read more: The Travel Channel: How to use a smartphone to bring back a vacation What’s a smartphone?
It’s an all-in-one device that can connect to phones and computers and store photos and videos, along with a video feed.
When you need to make a trip for business, for instance, you could turn your phone into a mobile camera for your next business trip.
And that’s where the newest gadget comes in.
The TravelChannel reports that it’s an Amazon Echo device, but it has the same functionality.
« We think it’s a great technology that can be used to rekindle the memories of those moments we have with our families, » said Katie McVey, senior vice president of marketing for the travel-related division of the travel and tourism marketing company Wieden+Kennedy.
It’s not the only device that is being eyed by the travel industry, as it has some other potential applications, too.
The TravelChannel’s Katie McVeigh says it’s not just for re-watching the travel footage.
For instance, if you are staying in a hotel with a family and you need a place to eat, you can use a new smartphone to record food that is delivered to your room.
And there are plenty of other possibilities, too, including using a smartphone app to bring you the latest news from the internet.
You can also use it to view the weather forecast and get news on social media.
And what about the other side of the coin, where your smartphone is also your camera?
« It’s a lot like having a laptop and video camera, but you have a tablet or phone attached to it and it is the camera, » said McVeagh.
« You can have that with a smartphone, but if you’re traveling in an airplane or going to an event, that device might be the only one. »
There’s more, too: A device like the TravelChannel Echo could also be used as a portable speaker, but McVeig said that there are limits on how far you can take it.
Even if you’ve got a smartphone and are able to take a photo or video of a vacation, it could be hard to put it in the same position as a camera.
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