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The automated luxury hotel room

The new ARIA hotel in Las Vegas will feature guest rooms that include personalized home automation. According to a recent press release the rooms include:

As guests approach their room or suite, the system will recognize if it is their first time in the room and “greet” them as they enter. Light will fill the room, curtains will automatically part, and the TV will turn on to display a list of automated controls for guests to personalize.
Guests will enjoy seamless, integrated one-touch control of guestroom features, including lighting, room temperature, television/video systems, music, wake-up calls, draperies and requests for services through a single, easy-to-use remote control. All settings will be remembered and incorporated every time a guest is in-room.
Green settings on the room’s remote system will allow guests the opportunity to voluntarily “green their stay” by indicating their preferred light level, room temperature and frequency of linen and towel changes.

The automation is being provided by Control 4. This is a very interesting development as it will require automation that is intuitive to use and doesn't annoy or surprise the guests. A challenge, but if successful it could help drive the home market, too.

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