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Hotel room of the future revealed

HOTEL guests of the future will be able to control their room environment with body gestures and voice recognition, while a high tech entertainment area known as a “green capsule” will replace a traditional balcony.

Unveiled in France, the architecturally-designed hotel room of the future is divided into two spaces – one for rest and one for entertainment. Each space has its own Xbox 360 console with the motion sensing input device Kinect.Based around a webcam-style add-on, the Kinect enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller.Novotel and Microsoft teamed up to launch the concept, called Room 3120, at Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse.Designed to accommodate up to four guests (two adults and two children), the room is available for 199 euros a night until February 14.Novotel will use feedback from guests to introduce new features for rooms across the group.The room has a Sensorit mirror based on Kinect technology – an apparently ordinary mirror that displays information in graphic or text form.Users can choose information tags with a wave of the hand, accessing news, local weather or multimedia content. It also has a Surface multimedia table, which has applications ranging from web browsing and board games to interactive maps that guests can use to select destinations in the city.While the first space, intended for adults, is white and has a fold-up bed, the second is designed more as a playroom for kids.The room is colourful and has a tatami mat that rises up on one side to form a bench containing a Surface table with games and various multimedia applications.The furniture disappears to make way for integrated, modular functions.