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Cruise ships go high tech with new wearable gadget

A new, wearable gadget will allow cruise ship passengers to connect electronically to the ship’s so-called Internet of things.

It’s called the Ocean Medallion, and Carnival Cruise lines plans to launch the service this year. To make it work, a cruise ship has been specially outfitted with 75 miles of cables and thousands of sensors.

The medallion uses bluetooth and near-field communications to unlock guests’ cabin doors as they approach, track meal orders, find family and friends on the ship, connect to the ship’s e-gambling platform, and even pay for merchandise.

The technology is expected to be expanded to Caribbean Princess ships in 2018.

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Joseph Avary

Joseph Avary

Joe Avary joined the Cayman 27 team in January 2014, bringing nearly two decades of experience in TV news to the islands. He spends his time away from the office scuba diving, practicing yoga, and trying to make his friends laugh at his comedic stylings. He proudly calls the district of West Bay home, and loves nothing more than relaxing visits to the Sister Islands.

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