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Welcome to the hotel room of the future, according to Samsung and Marriott

Samsung has joined forces with Marriott International to give a glimpse at what the hotel rooms of the future may look like.

At Marriott HQ in Charlotte, North Carolina, the two firms revealed the IoT Guessroom Lab, a concept Internet of Things (IoT) hotel room that makes uses of a load of smart gadgets and services all connected together.

Using Samsung’s ARTIK Smart IoT platform, the room is awash with smart lighting, smart plug adapters, a connected air conditioning unit and what appears to be a smart fridge, all of which can be controlled via the Samsung smart TV mounted on the wall in front of the bed.

Voice-activated room controls are also on offer, provided through a virtual assistant, which can be told to set alarms, start a shower at a desired temperature and request additional housekeeping services.

A smart mirror also looks to be a key feature for the room, with the ability to display a person’s heart rate and present yoga exercises for them to follow.

Samsung said the aim of the hotel room is to provide an “elevated guest experience” where visitors can tailor their room’s setting to there personal preferences and as a result be more productive when working from the hotel, or feel more relaxed.

“At Samsung, we aspire to make life easier and better for our consumers, whether they’re at home or their home away from home,” said James Stansberry, general manager of ARTIK IoT at Samsung Electronics in North America.

While such a smart room may be some while away before it is common in every Marriott hotel, Samsung said tech from the concept room will start finding its way into hotels within the next five years.

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