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Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Trends -

VOICE AC­TI­VA­TION Voice recog­ni­tion has been eas­ing its way into our lives for a few years, via built-in vir­tual smart­phone as­sis­tants such as Ap­ple’s Siri. Last year, Amazon launched a voice-ac­ti­vated home speaker, the Echo, which an­swers ques­tions, reads au­dio books and plays mu­sic on com­mand. The Wynn ho­tel in Las Ve­gas has just in­stalled them in each of its 4,748 rooms.

Aloft has un­veiled the world’s first voice-ac­ti­vated ho­tel rooms in Bos­ton and Santa Clara. A sim­ple “Good­night” will turn out the lights, while “Good morn­ing” will switch them back on. Clar­ion Ho­tel Amaran­ten in Stock­holm has run a trial us­ing Amazon’s voice as­sis­tant, Alexa, al­low­ing guests to book a taxi or set a wake-up alarm.

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