Imagine asking a hotel room to turn up the air conditioning when it gets too hot or to turn on the lights before getting out of bed.
Well, the future is here at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Aloft Hotels, which has unveiled the results of its top secret “Project: Jetson” and debuted the first-ever voice activated hotel room, giving guests entirely new ways to interact using “Hey Siri.”
Each Aloft Voice-Activated Hotel Room is equipped with an iPad running a custom Aloft app used for controlling the in-room guest experience, with HomeKit-enabled accessories including room temperature, lighting options and more. These new rooms are available at Aloft Boston Seaport and at Aloft Santa Clara.
When guests arrive, they will launch a custom Aloft app on their in-room iPad to control various aspects of their voice-activated room. A personalized welcome screen will advise guests on how to set up their room and use their own voice with “Hey Siri.” Each iPad also offers a simple tutorial to guide guests through the setup process and answer any questions they may have.
Samplings of what can be done include: Control Temperature; Adjust Lighting; Set the Mood (Music); Explore Local Attractions.
The new Aloft Voice-Activated Hotel Rooms also allow guests to browse the Internet, check the weather and more. At the end of each stay, all iPads are reset and all personal preferences are removed from the device.