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Novotel, Microsoft's futuristic room

The ‘room of the future’ is divided into two spaces – rest and entertainment.
The ‘room of the future’ is divided into two spaces – rest and entertainment. Supplied

NOVOTEL has partnered with Microsoft to launch a world first: the hotel room of the future.

The room, named Room 3120 at Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse, showcases the latest in cutting-edge technology and innovative design, with Novotel and Microsoft working closely together to create the revolutionary room that allows guests to sample the ultimate in hi-tech hotel rooms. 

The visionary room will take guests on a technological journey with features including a Kinect interface, Sensorit mirror based on Kinect technology, a fitness interface and a Surface multimedia table.

Rather than the hotel room controlling the guest, the guest is able to control the room environment by body gestures and voice recognition, changing the space to suit the situation.

Room 3120 breaks free from traditional hotel thinking to offer a new experience in which people can share new sensations and enjoy new services.

Targeted to both Novotel's business customers and family clientele, Room 3120 is packed with technology, but the goods are tastefully integrated in a contemporary layout that puts a priority on fluid lines.

Guests discover the unique ambiance of Room 3120 as they walk into the entrance, designed to serve as a 'decompression chamber' between the outside worldand a spacious sensorial environment, filled with ingenious practical features and interactive technology that surround without being overwhelming.

Both relaxing and flexible, the room belongs to another dimension where guests can use the available technology the way they want, when they want.

Room 3120 is divided into two main spaces dedicated to entertainment and, of course, rest. Each space has its own Xbox 360 console with Kinect. The first, intended for the adults, has a fold-up bed, while the second, designed more as a playroom for the kids, has a tatami mat that rises up on one side to form a bench containing a surface table with games and various multimedia applications.

Only part of the technology is visible, and smart signage guides users to the solutions they desire.

The furniture disappears to make way for integrated, modular functions. The use of diffracted volumes and geometric shapes has made it possible to experience the available space in a new way.

The adults' area is white, rather like in the TRON universe, while the children's side is more playful and colorful. The two environments co-exist and echo each other with extruded volumes.

An architecturally masterful green capsule, visible from the exterior, replaces the first room's balcony and offers occupants a high-tech area and comforting cocoon.

Global chief marketing officer Grégoire Champetier said they wanted to reinvent the hotel room experience by harmoniously melding design and new digital technologies.

"It's crucial to take our customers' changing habits and expectations into account. In particular, this means rethinking our rooms in digital terms."

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