Rodney Loges is the first person in the world to book a hotel using wearable technology
The Hotel Near Me app is aimed at tech savvy frequent travelers
June 6, 2014. Rodney Loges, from Occoquan, Virginia, has become the first traveler in the world to reserve a hotel room using the Google Glass. The businessman is the first client of Hotel Near Me, the edge-cutting app developed by Destinia.com to search for and reserve a hotel. Loges booked a room at the Holiday Inn in Woodbridge for 142 dollars.
“I needed to reserve a hotel nearby for some investors coming to visit me, and I was surprised how easy it was, literally in the blink of an eye” said Loges, founder of the financing company One Degree Capital and confessed geek.
Hotel Near Me is the first application in the world for booking hotels through Google Glass. Users can find the closest hotels to their GPS position, see photos and hotel information, filter by price and then book the hotel. The app can show a map of how to get to the hotel and give directions right up to the front door. The user can control the app either by swiping and tapping on the Google Glass or else by using voice commands such as “book hotel”.
Google Glass became available to the public on May 15th at a price of $1,500 while the Hotel Near Me app is completely free.
“We were thrilled to already get the first reservation”, said Amuda Goueli, CEO of Destinia.com. “The wearable technology market is set to grow exponentially over the next few years and we aim to lead the travel sector in developing technology for it”, he added.
Destinia plans to add more functionality to the app, and is also developing an international version with multiple languages and currencies for the Android and iOS platforms on smartphones.
See how the app works in this vídeo.
Destinia is an international online travel agency with offices in Spain, Egypt and Dubai. Founded in 2001, it now has over 100 employees and a million clients. It offers 230.000 hotels and 500 airlines, permitting reservations in 25 languages. According to ComScore, the website had 63 million unique users in 2013. Destinia was the first travel agency to accept Bitcoin payments for a wide range of products.