Most Important Travel Accessory – 10 Foot Mobile Charger Cable

Extended iPhone Charger Cable
iPhone Cable

Today’s WWDC conference announcements have me pretty stoked on the future of my Apple devices. I think the new Apple desktop and mobile operating systems will change how we use our mobile devices. With that in mind I wanted to being awareness to my favorite mobile travel accessory that comes in very handy before and after going out for a day/night in Vegas.

I don’t travel without a super long charging cable for my iPhone and iPad. 

The cable I’m currently using is 10 feet long. Ten feet may be a bit excessive but it doesn’t take up much more space than the 6 footer I used with my old iPhone and it costs the same amount of money ($7). I’m online at all times and need easy access to my mobile chargers. The extended cables allow me to charge my iPhone and/or iPad while I’m using them.

Unfortunately many of the older hotel rooms in Vegas (think Downtown Vegas) still have outlets that aren’t comfortably accessible. I can always plug in a charger but the small wire that comes with the devices often isn’t long enough for me to charge and use my phone or tablet. Thankfully many upgraded hotel rooms are adding lamps with outlets or charging stations.

My second most valuable travel accessory would be a Mophie Juice Pack charger case pack for my iPhone but I use that every day. Having a charging case that allows me a 100% full charge on the go is amazing. Both products help keep me juiced and connected for just about an entire day on the Vegas Strip.

What are your most valued travel accessories?

My CES 2011 Predictions Are Coming True

My CES predictions for casinos from 2011 are all coming true!

  1. Tablets
  2. 3D Slot Machines
  3. Walking GPS 

First, tablets of all sizes are being used in casinos across the Las Vegas strip and beyond. Even Laughlin, NV is using tablets for drink orders. Last year Flamingo installed interactive touch screens in the casino that allow you to view maps, your Total Rewards account and more. You’ll even see tablets when you check in to Cosmopolitan.

While true 3D slot machines with glasses haven’t hit the casinos yet, the game makers are stretching technology as far as they can to give a 3D feel. Wether it’s moving seats or a 3D type screen layover things are getting closer to 3D.

At CES this year, Google introduced Google Walking Maps which I thought would come to fruition later than sooner (as walking GPS). Thanks to Android phones, they’re coming much sooner. While there is still a way to go with the GPS technology, take a look at the quick video Google made for exploring Vegas casinos. (Update: As Hunter from Rate Vegas points out, “GPS has nothing to do with indoor location tech” although the technology may be similar.)

I didn’t make CES this year and it doesn’t seem as if I missed much. I guess we’ll find out next year. For now I can revel in having spot on predictions at CES last year.

iPads Popping Up All Over Vegas

It was inevitable, but we’re finally seeing iPad’s popping up in Las Vegas.  After CES I pointed (on Vegas Chatter) out that tablets would begin their invasion on casinos and gave examples on how they would be used.  As usual, casinos are a little slow to move but they’re starting.  Cosmopolitan is using the iPad little closer to what I imagined at check in for restaurants and such.  Meanwhile,  CUT at Palazzo is now using iPads for their wine lists.

The iPad displays the entire beverage list including wine selections, cocktails and spirits and is delivered to the table when guests arrive.  CUT currently features 10 iPad tablets utilizing the wine application SmartCellar designed by the company Incentient.  The SmartCellar system offers an interactive approach to displaying the wine list and allows sommeliers to modernize their approach to educating and arming their guests with the insight to help guide their selections and maximize enjoyment of their dining experience.

I love to see technology moving my experiences forward and more efficiently and pretty like.  I’m looking forward to seeing them continue to enhance meals and vacations overall.  This is just the beginning.

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