Hilton will soon let you control your hotel room using your smartphone

Shawn Knight

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Hilton is turning to technology as a differentiator in the hotel space. The company this week unveiled the Connected Room, a tech-based initiative that’ll allow guests to control and personalize aspects of their stay through their mobile device.

The experience, currently in beta testing at one location, is managed from the Hilton Honors mobile app. It allows guests to automate most things they would traditionally have to do manually like adjust the temperature, lighting and window coverings. You’ll also be able to personalize the television in your room by loading it with your preferred streaming media accounts.

Future iterations will allow guests to use voice commands to control their room or access content. Visitors will even be able to upload their own artwork for display in their rooms (presumably on digital photo frames or the television).

Those without smartphones will be able to control the smart room features using the TV-based interface.

Technology is nothing new for the hotel industry. Last year, the Wynn Las Vegas announced it would be outfitting every guest room with Amazon’s Echo smart speaker. It was also reported that some Vegas hotels would be trialing virtual reality-based porno rentals (it is called Sin City, after all).

Hilton’s Connected Room experience is heading to several additional locations in the coming weeks and will scale nationally in 2018, we’re told.

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psycros

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So when your X finds where you take your GF, she can hack in and turn down the heat to sub-zero???
Pretty much. Its like these companies are all hellbent on creating the dystopian sci-fi future that no sane person would ever want.
 

Burty117

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So when your X finds where you take your GF, she can hack in and turn down the heat to sub-zero???
Pretty much. Its like these companies are all hellbent on creating the dystopian sci-fi future that no sane person would ever want.
Na I want a dystopia sci-fi future, cannot wait for some brain enhancements or getting my eyes replaced with lasers or replacing an arm with a better robotic arm XD
 
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woofer

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So when your X finds where you take your GF, she can hack in and turn down the heat to sub-zero???
Pretty much. Its like these companies are all hellbent on creating the dystopian sci-fi future that no sane person would ever want.
Such as their existing non-encrypted wifi? I have been coping with that at their Hampton Inn and DroubleTree chains the last few years. When I complained to the desk clerks, I was told that since I needed a password to sign on to their "network" (portal actually), that meant it was encrypted. I explained that I was talking about first getting onto their wifi network before signing into their portal with that password, and they had no clue about the difference.

When I pursued it up to the next level with a particular hotel's management, I was told that the setup was a package installed that way by a vendor as contracted by Hilton's corporate IT "support" for all their brand chain sites.

Imagine all the fun to had monitoring and playing on a hotel's network with all this unencrypted smartness...

I resort to tethering off my cell phone anytime I stay at a hotel now, although, if I traveled more often, I suppose I would get a VPN service and/or set up my own at home (retired, so no corporate VPN available as I did use when employed and traveling - VPN provided/required back in those days).