S. African Tech Travel Startup Already Has Global Attention

S. African Tech Travel Startup Already Has Global Attention

Tourism Radio, a South African travel technology startup, hopes to raise $46,000 on Kickstarter to create easy-to-use audio travel guides for Google Glass wearers, according to VentureBurn.

The Tourism Radio team wants to create a product for travelers that simulates local people giving information, using technology to get the information across. This travel information plays automatically as the user travels past points of interest and general areas. For example, walking through Barcelona, you’ll have a tour guide who speaks your language based on your specific location.

Google Glass is a wearable computer with optical head-mounted display being developed by Google.

Founders Chris Goldswain and Mark Allewell say that Google Glass “will set the precedent for augmented reality platforms of the near future.”

Tourism Radio has been featured on CNN and received other recognition including a spot on ITNewsAfrica’s list of top tech entrepreneurs to watch, according to VentureBurn. It has also partnered with car manufacturer Renault to build in-car audio travel guides.

Tourism Radio is building travel guides for iOS and Android devices and says it has about 20 cities completed in a few languages.

As Google Glass and other technologies evolve, entrepreneurs are applying themselves to these developments. It remains to be seen if emerging technologies will be able to profit by accommodating tech-savvy travelers.