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Always On: Wired hotels

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Always On: Wired hotels

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For savvy travelers, many hotels now offer a new amenity: technology. Check out the latest bells and whistles, with touch-screen kiosks, a robotic luggage handler, and smart TVs.

-In today's modern world and especially in San Francisco, it is not enough just to have free Wi-Fi in your hotel anymore. Here at Hotel Zetta, we're looking at the highest of the high-tech hotels. -We have to be relevant in a tech world. Technology is advancing so rapidly and you have to stay current. Hotels in the past would update technology every three to five, seven years even. You have to update your technology almost every year nowadays. -So, what exactly is Hotel Zetta doing? For starters, they've created a lounge so guests can play video games or even call the family from the road over Skype. They also have a Wii U console running Wii Street View which is a virtual reality Google Maps system that gives guests 3D street directions. -And what this does is it gives you a 360-degree street view map of basically anywhere you wanna go in the world. We have preloaded 70 destinations and-- -That is fantastic. -Yeah. -That's so much better than the thing where-- I mean, I appreciate the thing, but where you spread out the map and then draw a little line with the pen and we're here and then-- that never works for me. -Hey. How did you do that? -So, we can sort of navigate to any landmark. -Yeah. -What are we looking for here? We're in the Golden Gate Bridge. Yehey. Now, we don't have to go there in real life. It's so windy. -Should we walk across? -Yeah. Let's do it. -All right. -Oh, look at this. We're totally on a date. We're in the middle of the street. That's not a good idea. -Yeah, it does. Let's get on the sidewalk. -What else do people do when they're up here and [unk] with this thing? -One of the things we find the most is people like to show people their hometown. -Okay, like if they met at the hotel bar and then-- -Of course. And-- -By the way, you have my-- That's from where I was born, Helena. -No way. -That's delightful. Oh, I can completely imagine when people do this. -Oh, yeah. -They have a couple of drinks. They're like, "Come on up. I'm gonna show you my house." -Hotels around the country see tech as a new amenity and a new way to bring in savvy travelers. At you Yotel, New York, guests check in at touchscreen kiosks and a robotic luggage handler takes the bags. Hotel 1000 in Seattle has a body heat doorbell that lets housekeeping know if you're still in the room. And Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas lets you customize almost everything about the room, like how and when the lights and TV come on and when the curtains automatically open or close. At Zetta, rooms offer some of the latest high-tech amenities as well. This suite is decked out with a Samsung Smart TV, music from Jambox, a retro Atari 2600, and a streaming movie dock for your iPad. -So, this is our G-Link by Obsess-- -Okay. -and what this does is any mobile device you connect to it, there's a button on the top that says TV, you press it and it will stream whatever you're looking at on your mobile device to the TV. -Oh, really? -Here we go. -This is not the movie I was watching last. -It totally is the movie he was watching last. -My girlfriend must have hacked my Netflix again. -I'm sure that happened. I'm positive. -So, this is our Jambox by Jawbone and it's a mobile sound system where you can connect to via Bluetooth. -So, basically, you're just kind of going around and picked out great technology to put in these rooms. -Yes. Everything mobile, everything wireless. -For business travelers, Zetta built this high-tech conference room complete with a large screen Delta projector and Livescribe pens. -Well, the Livescribe pen allows you to record anything you write in here in a session. So, it's already recording. -Right. -So, everything we say-- -How many of you are taking notes while here? -And all the notes that Molly records will be streamed via Wi-Fi to our Evernote account. Another great thing about this software in the system is that we can connect up to 20 devices to it via Wi-Fi. So, it completely eliminates the need to have one person pilot a presentation. Each person can have their own portion, jump in and out of the presentation. -New rule, all our meetings are gonna be here from now on. -Okay. -Of course, all these great high-tech features have their drawbacks, whether it's technical problems or the need to constantly upgrade the tech. The hotel business is competitive and managers are always looking for an advantage. -It's funny that there's almost like an arms race, so to speak, with our comp site as everybody is tying to find the newest, latest thing to one-up each other. So, it's gonna be really interesting to see what happens in the next couple of years.
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