I ate food in virtual realityRoyal Caribbean has some strange tech in store for its future cruise vacations: virtual reality dining, screen packed concept staterooms, and facial recognition check-ins.
Okay! [LAUGH] It's green and sparkling. Dine in and virtual reality is pretty trippy. It's chingle in my mouth! This was magical. And this experience is one of the many high-tech enhancements coming to future cruise vacations with world Caribbean. The cruise line invited us to Brooklyn, New York to show off what technology wanders the company is cooking up for guests. You won't be having a four course meal in VR. But a few minutes with some desert bites can be a fun way to play with your senses. Using an HTC Vibe headset, I was able to see my hands animated in the virtual world. And when it was time to pick up a new bite to eat, [SOUND] it's warm. The whole room just Disappeared. And with every bite the room transformed. That was a hoot. The company also wants to play with your senses in the state room. In this concept cabin, screens bring window less space to life complete with a fake balcony. Wake up to a sunrise and watch the room transform around you. Find tranquility in a rainforest, where water dripping from the palms above falls to the floor. And who wouldn't want to sleep under starry night sky complete with moonlight reflecting off the ocean water below? It's only a concept for, but elements of this technology may find their way in the company's next ship. One thing that vacationers will see Soon our self driving shuttles, guest will step aboard one of the driver list buses pack with sensors. The idea being it would save you walking time when you're near the port, when you're leaving and returning to the ship. Made by the french company Navya we're crevium plans suspend the next year. Testing this out first with it's employees. And it's based in Miami. To the cruise. But before you board a cruise, Real Caribbean plans to let guests check in with just a smile at the camera. Provided you first took a selfie at home with their special app. The facial recognition technology we tried was instantaneous. And if it works like a promises, it would make boarding a breeze. Your face is also connected to other services. I'm feeling like it's time for a drink. It's just one of the many tricks available in the cruise lines upcoming app. Servers can locate you based on your proximity to WiFi hubs on the ship, and they look for the person that matches the profile picture to deliver the drink. Bridgette? That is me thank you very much. Not everyone may want to be connected while cruising but at least this was a different twist on vacation time. Cheers. [MUSIC]