Say Hello to Hilton’s Connie
Hilton Hotels has introduced Connie – an IBM Watson-enabled robot concierge.“Connie”is named for Hilton’s founder, Conrad Hilton and uses a combination of Watson APIs, including Dialog, Speech to Text, Text to Speech and Natural Language Classifier, to greet guests answer questions about hotel amenities, services and hours of operation.
Connie‘learns’as it interacts with guests, and improves and adapts as it goes. On the back end, data Connie gathers will help the property improve the overall guest experience. Connie is currently working at the Hilton in McLean,VA. For more information visit hiltonworldwide.com. On average US workers spend seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home. As a direct result, over half (58 percent) have experienced digital eye strain or vision problems, according to the American Optometric Association’s 2015 American Eye-Q survey.
Symptoms include eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes and neck and shoulder pain. The AOA offers five simple recommendations to relieve the discomfort and the possibility of long-term eye problems: Take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away. Sit a comfortable distance from the computer monitor – something between 20 and 28 inches – where you can easily read all text with your head and torso in an upright posture and your back supported by your chair. Ideally, the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees, or about 4 to 5
inches, below eye level from the center of the screen. Try to minimize glare from other light sources; consider buying a glare filter.
Make sure to blink frequently to lessen your chances of developing dry eyes. Westin Hotels & Resorts has introduced the Westin Sleep Well Menu, available at its more than 200 hotels and resorts worldwide. Based on recommendations from SuperFoodsRx, the menu is designed to help guests ease into sound slumber so that they can easily adjust to a new time zone, recover from a hectic day of travel or prepare for an active day ahead.
The items on the menu are packed with amino acids, vitamins and minerals that promote rest and recovery, along with soothing herbal teas.
Find out more at starwoodhotels.com. FinnairFin is inviting its customers to explore Finland during their connecting flight to or from Helsinki, by booking a stopover visit on the recently launched stopover.finnair.com website, a project led by Visit Finland.
Stopover packages, ranging from five-hour quick layovers to up to five-day tours, will be available through Primera Holidays’website at finlandtours.fi during the spring of 2016.
For more information visit stopoverfinnair.com.