SMART ROOMS

Business Traveller - - UPFRONT - mar­riott.co.uk; hil­ton.com

THE NEXT TIME

you have a “Eureka!” mo­ment in the shower, you may be able to jot it down there and then.

Mar­riott is cur­rently test­ing a touch­screen shower door at the Irvine Mar­riott in Cal­i­for­nia, which en­ables users to trace their ideas in the build-up of con­den­sa­tion and dig­i­tally record their notes by send­ing them to their email ad­dress for fu­ture use.

The ho­tel group has also been de­vel­op­ing a new “smart room” that uses IoT (In­ter­net of Things) tech­nol­ogy to en­able guests to speak to a vir­tual as­sis­tant to set alarms, play yoga rou­tines in their mir­ror, or start their shower at the de­sired tem­per­a­ture.

Mar­riott isn’t alone in the quest for fu­ture tech – Hil­ton has also un­veiled its new “Con­nected Room” con­cept that en­ables users to con­trol their in-room ser­vices through their own mo­bile de­vices.

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