The New York Times reports the Carnival Corporation is planning to introduce smartband devices designed to allow customers to customize their vacation. The app, called Ocean Compass, is paired with a small medallion customers can use to pay for food, drinks and merchandise, gamble, and enter rooms without having to remove it from their person. Carnival executives Arnold W. Donald and John Padgett took the idea from a similar system used at Walt Disney World, where they both worked before joining Carnival. Padgett said he expects some customers will have questions regarding the system’s “creepiness factor,” but still expects the majority of visitors to participate. “As long as you benefit the guest, they don’t mind sharing” personal information, Padgett said. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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