Given the number of rooms I’ve stayed in over the past couple of years that still boasted a 30 -pin iPod alarm clock, I think it’s a safe bet that refreshing a new technology isn’t high up on the list of priorities for most hotels. For those looking to offer a little tech hospitality beyond the TV set and a USB port or two, Google’s angling for a residence with its Nest Hub.
This week the company is announcing an update for the hotel industry aimed at bringing its smart screen to more hotel rooms. Tailored for the inn event, the update is focused on key features like wake-up announces, climate and information materials and neighbourhood business. It’s also designed to let clients check out quickly and request things like towels from the concierge — basically attempting to replace having to dial “0” on the inn phone.
Honestly, it seems like a no-brainer for hotels looking to upgrade the experience. And, importantly, the Hub doesn’t have a built-in camera( as opposed to the Hub Max ). That was a conscious omission on Google’s part that’s certainly welcome when inviting a manoeuvre into an intimate regulate like a hotel chamber. The firm notes that guests won’t be able to sign in on the maneuver, so no personal info will be shared. No audio is stored on the design either, and activities are cleaned when the guest checks out.
The Hub is already being offered in a handful of boutique inns across the U.S. and one in the U.K. Additional spots will be announced soon, and perhaps will be in place by the time people start heading to hotels again.
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