Novotel Microsoft plans 3120 hotel room

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Taking the hotel experience way into the future, Novotel has teamed up with Microsoft to launch the world first; hotel room of the future.Unveiled earlier this week, the room called 3120 will be housed at the Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse and will be equipped with technology yet to be released in the market.Including voice recognition, a fitness interface and a Surface multimedia table, parent company, Accor explained in a statement the room was fit for both the business traveller and family trips. “We wanted to reinvent the hotel room experience by harmoniously melding design and new digital technologies,” global chief marketing officer Grégoire Champetier explained. “It’s crucial to take our customers’ changing habits and expectations into account. “In particular, this means rethinking our rooms in digital terms.”Working with architecture firm, Naço, the hotel room has been described to have a “unique ambience” upon entry and designed to be a “decompression chamber” between the outside world and a spacious sensorial environment.Majority of technology cannot be seen to the naked eye, according to Accor, so as to not overwhelm the guests by its technological surrounding.The room is also divided into two sections, entertainment and the rest, and making a clear division between the parents’ space and the children’s.Both sections are equipped with an Xbox 360 console with Kinect, with a fold up bed for the adults while the youngeon’s play in a more playful and colourful room with a tatami mat that rises up on one side to form a bench.“The two environments co-exist and echo each other with extruded volumes,” Accor’s statement read. Other new features also include the Surface table, which responds to the user’s hand gestures and allows them to browse through the web, play board games or search interactive maps. Also the Sensorit interactive mirror looks like an ordinary mirror but displays a variety of information in graphic and text form.It allows users to check the weather or a range of multimedia content, play the radio as well as access new through the simple wave of the hand.    “Novotel and Microsoft will continue their partnership through the deployment of specially-designed Kinect Experience stands in public areas across the Novotel network,” Accor’s statement continued. “They are also considering the possibility of offering the game console in rooms so that guests can benefit from an ultimate entertainment experience during their stay.”The hotel was designed to accommodate two adults and two children under 16 and is available for general reservations for a three month period from 14 February 2012.last_img read more