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Wired for Travel
CNBC.com | January 13, 2012 | 04:28 PM EST

Twenty-first century Road Warriors are a lot different from frequent fliers of a decade ago. They're constantly connected, more nimble, and almost always at the forefront of technology.

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hnology, though, has also thinned their ranks. Web services like WebEx and other teleconferencing software make it possible to present materials and sales pitches without ever leaving home.

It's an efficient way of doing business, but often a less than ideal one. Remote meetings might let people make their pitch, but it's much harder to get a sense of how it's being received (or often, if people are even paying attention).

That need for face time is prompting companies to once again boost travel budgets — and the people hitting the road are often accompanied by the latest gadgets to make them more efficient.

Whether it's Pico projectors that both contain and project a demonstration or a smart phone or tablet that let them quickly access information that would have taken hours or days to find just a few years ago, the Road Warrior of 2012 is plugged in at a level that was previously unimaginable.

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