Say Hello to Hil­ton’s Con­nie

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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.

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