The findings of a new study from UK economy accommodation provider Travelodge on the future of sleep indicate hotel rooms will dramatically change by 2030. (posted by Travelodge on 21 June 2011)
When guests stay in hotels in 2030, they will still want a good night’s sleep in comfortable surroundings. The key difference is that the experience will be personalised to their individual needs and taste via virtually invisible technology. This technology will monitor and anticipate physical, emotional and mental needs and desires for a healthier and happier state of being.
Almost any surface or fabric in the 2030 hotel room will be capable of electronic enhancement, whether it is scent production, acting as a visual display or speaker, or as a source of ambient sound. Listed below are key feature of a hotel room in 2030:
Augmented reality will enable the entire surface of the hotel walls and furniture to be used as any kind of display, e.g. painting, computer screen, TV screen, a virtual game or a fantasy location such a tropical beach, forest or favourite city.
Lonely guests will be able to upload virtual family images or impose their own room, by uploading a picture of their home bedroom – making them feel like they are at home.
Atmospheric temperature control air conditioning will allow guests to alter their roomclimate so they stimulate the ambience of a seaside, forest or being surrounded by mountains.
Outdoor sounds from flat panel audio built into the window will bring in the sound of the ocean, or a forest, to accompany their fantasy room view.
Soft surfaces such as fabrics will interact in tactile ways to produce scents, change colours and pick up signals from the skin. Guests will be able to instantly change the colour, pattern and texture of their room furnishings.
Guests will be able to attend a local theatrical production, explore some local tourist attractions or just wander through town, all remotely from the comfort of their room. They would be able to do any time regardless of the actual time or weather.
Guests will be able to shop from the room, with the walls replicating the interior of a shop. In the same way guests could enter into the world of computer games and play the actual character – within the dimensions of their room. Individuals would be able to link up with other guests and play virtual reality games between rooms.
Electronic mirrors in 2030 will offer guests 360 degree views and women will be able to view different make-up looks and hair styles before application.
Futurologist Ian Pearson said: “Hotels in 2030 will offer customers a bespoke room and experience on every visit. Lonely business travellers will be able to turn their hotel room into their bedroom at home and with augmented and virtual reality, they can even share the experience with their partner anywhere in the world. Leisure travellers will be able to bring their favourite sights, sounds and smells into their hotel room for the ultimate stay.”
Shakila Ahmed, spokesperson for Travelodge, added: “Technology affects our lives in so many ways it is only a question of time before it impacts on the experience of sleep. As part of our commitment to ensuring our guests get a good night’s sleep, we are always looking to the future and at new and different ways of improving our guests’ stay, whether it is by offering dream menus or home-from-home 3D uploads.”