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AI ASSISTANTS ON THEIR WAY TO HOTEL ROOMS

posted Mar 29, 2017, 6:42 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: DeVon Hayes


    According to Fox News, “Marriott International, one of the world’s largest hotel chains, is testing iPads running Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo at its Aloft hotel in Boston’s Seaport district, according to a report in Bloomberg. Both of those technologies are based on artificial intelligence (AI) that responds to voice commands.”

    These devices have the potential to be able to operate lights in rooms, control the temperature of rooms, and interface with TVs via voice commands.

    Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader for Lifestyle Brands at Marriott International told Fox News, “This is about what next-generation travelers might want and how they would use their own devices at home and how that would translate to their travel experience.”

    He added that, “The hotel chain is also testing Amazon’s Alexa, allowing guests, for example, to find out about the local area and local events.”

    Stoeckl explained that Alexa is, “not fully integrated with all of the guest room features like lighting and thermostat but [it's more targeted at] using Alexa to personalize answers,” referring to local information.

    John Clancy, Vice President of Residential Systems at Crestron, which is a company that constructs home and building automation systems, said ,“As home automation becomes more mainstream, people will begin to expect those same comforts when they travel. At the same time, hotels can leverage this type of innovation to gain a competitive advantage, and technology companies get a new marketing stage. ‘It’s a win for everyone involved,’ according to Clancy, who was quoted in the Bloomberg report.”

    It seems that hotels are bringing in the latest technology to make their guest’s visit as comfortable, easy, and relaxing as possible.


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Uploaded: 3/28/2017

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/03/27/amazon-alexa-apple-siri-headed-to-hotel-rooms-report-says.html

    


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