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Tech trends key for spring break travel

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) – Many people are probably counting down the days until spring break this month.

Before you head out the door, travel experts say there are many tech trends you need to know about before you take your trip.

Mobile is booming. The one thing you won’t want to do while traveling this spring break or in the future is forget or lose your phone. That’s because your boarding passes, train tickets and even bank cards and room keys could be stored on your cell phone.

TripCase is just one helpful trip organizer that will notify you of any delays or cancellations and also help you pull up e-tickets on your phone. TripCase can also already integrate with Android Wear devices if you’re into the wearable technology trend.

Your phone can also be your wallet with some travel apps like taxi services Uber and Hailo and last-minute hotel service HotelTonight, with built-in payment functions. Apple Pay also continues to expand in big travel destinations.

Finally some hotels, including Starwood SPG and Hilton Honors, will be rolling out mobile phone keys this year. That means you’ll be able to walk straight into your room with just one tap.

If you really want to turn some heads in the airport, you might want to pre-order the first smart luggage. BlueSmart has created a suitcase that weighs itself. You can also lock, unlock, and track it via GPS on your smart phone. There’s also a built-in phone charger, but the pre-order price is $299.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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