The Future of Travel

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Chris Gash

Horseless carriages. Mechanical flight. Digital mail: all once the stuff of imagination. T+L checks in with farsighted futurists to see what lies ahead.

Shape-Shifters

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The hotel of the future will be endlessly customizable, from the digital art on the walls right down to the furniture, which will change shape and texture. This bleeding-edge technology is called “claytronics,” according to Yeoman, an associate professor at New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington and previously the resident futurist for Scotland’s tourism board. Made of programmable, microscopic robots, a claytronic bed could morph into a couch during daylight hours, conserving space and ushering in a new breed of capsule hotels.

The Future of Travel

Shape-Shifters

The hotel of the future will be endlessly customizable, from the digital art on the walls right down to the furniture, which will change shape and texture. This bleeding-edge technology is called “claytronics,” according to Yeoman, an associate professor at New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington and previously the resident futurist for Scotland’s tourism board. Made of programmable, microscopic robots, a claytronic bed could morph into a couch during daylight hours, conserving space and ushering in a new breed of capsule hotels.

Chris Gash
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