Still wondering if Amazon Alexa and voice user interfaces are here to stay? The Wynn in Las Vegas is making a pretty bold affirmative statement.
iTechPost reports that all 4,748 hotel suites will have an Amazon Echo by fall 2017. According to Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts, "As we have moved through the years, technology has always played an important part in our resorts." The partnership with Amazon will serve two roles: first to provide voice user interface in the hotel rooms (such as turning on lights), and second to provide the same technological comforts as most people have at home.
That's right...Wynn is recognizing Amazon's adoption in the home and the growing acceptance of hands-free control.
Amazon's rapidly growing platform has been a topic of industry conversation ever since their major sponsorship at CEDIA this year. AV think tanks have piled on the discussions with everything from privacy concerns to niche fad debates. Folks have even likened voice control to 3D in the home, which grabbed initial attention but quickly fizzled out.
Obviously, hotel room security and privacy is foremost, and the Wynn is expected to deploy a proprietary platform that doesn't include confidential guest information.
Regardless, this is another major step for voice user interface adoption and we're willing to bet the Wynn will be joined by several other hospitality chains soon.