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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

lastminute.com launches radar

radar is the first system to integrate the wi-fi Gears feature from Google

Leading travel and leisure innovator lastminute.com today launches its revolutionary wi-fi enabled system radar that allows customers to search for local leisure offers.

radar is the first system to integrate the wi-fi Gears feature that Google also launched today .

Wi-fi users can use radar to see nearby leisure offers.  The system launches with a hotels search and will soon expand to include theatres, restaurants and other leisure activities.

radar is aimed at people travelling with a laptop but can also be used at home.

The system works by detecting wi-fi connections in range of the user’s laptop.

Gears wi-fi works throughout the UK and enables radar to show nearby leisure amenities with an accuracy of 100 metres.

radar also works from a standard broadband internet connection, however is not as accurate as when used with a wi-fi connection.

lastminute.com Head of Innovation, Marko Balabanovic said: "The lastminute.com customer always wants to be inspired and informed of the best leisure deals.

“radar allows lastminute.com’s customers to view and book the leisure options close to where they are at any given moment. It a great tool which allows us to present our customers with the most relevant offers to them.”

To view radar visit http://labs.lastminute.com/radar

radar is the second project from lastminute.com labs using Gears, following the launch of fonefood in August.

fonefood allows Windows Mobile phone users to book nearby European restaurants.  It is available at m.lastminute.com/fonefood, or in the UK by texting fonefood to 85959.

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