“Galactic Suite”, the first hotel planned in space, expects to open for business in 2012 and would allow guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes. Its Barcelona-based architects say the space hotel will be the most expensive in the galaxy, costing $4 million for a three-day stay. – CNN
Not physically, metaphorically… The kind of flights that are expected in the 21st Century are finally here, well at least in America. Virgin America, the new Airline by Richard Branson’s Virgin group, has an unrivalled in-flight entertainment system. Aesthetics, personal screens (commonplace), a QWERTY controller (not so common), Linux based systems running Google Maps , chat, etc., Ethernet ports for every seat, and in cabin Wi-Fi! Ironically (and sadly) the services are not available in UK considering that Virgin is British company.
Quite impressive collection!
Photo Tourism is a project by Microsoft and Washington University in which a 3D model of a scene is generated from various arbitary picures of the same scene/monument and then allows the user to browse through the contributing pictures using the 3D model. See a live demo on the website (link below). Also see a working prototype called PhotoSynth.
An interesting compilation of some key facts about some geographically tiny countries.