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Aloft Hotels unveils voice-activated hotel rooms

Staff Writer | August 25, 2016
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide unveiled the results of its “Project: Jetson” experiment, and ebut the first-ever voice activated hotel room, giving guests entirely new ways to interact using “Hey Siri.”
Aloft Hotels
Hospitality   Hyper-connected global travelers
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.

“Forget the phrase ‘at the touch of your fingertips.’ Today’s early adopter, hyper-connected global traveler wants a level of personalization unlike ever before, and that means being able to control their hotel experience with the sound of their voice,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Aloft Hotels.

“We’re thrilled to be the first hotel brand to bring voice-activation to our guests in this way, using Siri to control room temperature, lighting and more during their stay.”

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.

The hotel room can control temperature, adjust lighting, set the mood, and help with exploring 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.