Hoteliers glimpse room of the future

How much higher-tech will hotel rooms be in a few years? Convention-goers at the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York got a glimpse last week as they wandered through Guestroom 2010.

The mock-up hotel suite featured 46 futuristic pieces of furniture, fixtures, and household goods that together aim to provide more safety and privacy, save energy, ease cleaning, and up the ante on comfort and entertainment.

When someone is at the door, guests won’t squint through a tiny peephole. They’ll push a button to turn on First View Security Inc.’s Digital Door Viewer, a flat-screen monitor that connects to a tiny digital camera on the outside of the door. And when guests want to sip freshly brewed coffee or when they want up-to-the-minute weather forecasts, they can use the same appliance: Melitta’s Smart Mill & Brew Coffeemaker, which has on its side an electronic display that shows weather conditions transmitted by an MSNBC-FM signal.

Source:  Boston Globe

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