At the beginning of the year, Chicago-based Gettys and the Hospitality Design Group brought together 100 industry experts from companies including Starwood Hotels, Whirlpool and Phillips & Co to figure out what technology tourists of the future will expect to find in their accommodations. Among them are the incorporation of robot buttons and bathrooms that monitor health.
One of the main ideas, which is to turn hotel rooms into showcases where guests can try and later buy the objects included in them, has already been implemented in chains such as Hyatt and Kimpton. According to experts, the next step will be themed hotels of several joint brands: for example, a sports hotel from Nike and Starwood.
To avoid disappointment later, guests will be able to choose their rooms based on 3D photos and feedback from previous guests.
The traditional buttons will disappear; instead, a butler robot will not only carry the suitcases up to the room, but will remain in it for the entire time of the client's stay, being able to be programmed to perform room service and remove waste and dirty dishes. All this without asking for a tip in return.
The corridors will detect the human presence by CO2 emissions, and automatically some LCD panels installed in the ceiling will show a blanket of stars and illuminated signs will indicate the way to their rooms to the clients. In addition, the nanofibers in the carpets will prevent noise and dirt.
The room key, the hotel phone and the concierge figure will merge into one, and once the customer's fingerprint is scanned, the customer can read their email, buy theater tickets and call room service via a wireless device controlled by touch and voice.
The bathroom tiles will be antibacterial and the bathtubs will mold to the shape of the client's body. In addition, the bathroom as a whole will be respectful with the environment: the water from the sink and the shower will be reused for the toilet and all the packaging of toiletries will be biodegradable.
Among other things, the bed can be turned into a work surface or even raised to the ceiling as a panel; the sheets will be made of a special self-cleaning nano-fabric that can be adjusted for firmness and temperature; a reader will scan the labels of the clothing items to later suggest the best combination for a meeting or event to the customer; and when the guest is barefoot in front of the sink, the mat will detect their vital signs and find out what nutrients they need, combining them into a gel that will be available in a dispenser next to the tap.
Source: Money CNN