Behold the hotel room of the future, includes virtual hanky panky

UK-based budget accommodation chain Travelodge recently commissioned futurologist Ian Pearson to predict what guests would be likely experience in hotel rooms in 2030.

The six-month study looked at what the impact of technology will have on the average hotel stay and what type of facilities might might be available in 20 years time.

Ex-BT future-gazer (now a consultant) Pearson says inevitably hotel rooms will be fundamentally different to those currently available now, with owners able to meet the needs of guests through technology acting as personal concierges, lifestyle coaches, fitness trainers, psychologists and doctors.

The graphic below illustrates some of the functionality Pearson predicts will be available, but the tech inevitably grabbing the headlines is his idea of “virtual love making” for guests.

“Remote virtual love making will be possible by 2030, allowing individuals to connect with their partner whilst away from home. Couples will also be able to benefit from the ability to link peripheral nervous systems via active skin electronics together for enhanced love making.”

“This will enable both individuals to experience each other’s feelings and emotions. Also, by wearing active lenses to change the image delivered to their retinas, individuals will be able to adjust how their partner looks whilst making love. This will enable people to change the image of their partner on a regular basis, and only they will be aware as their lover will not be able to tell what they are looking at.”

So that’s that, then.

Here is the graphic (and key below):

travelodge future hotel room

1. Interactive video panels cover full wall space

In 2025, augmented reality – the use of computer imagery overlaid on the field of view to augment the reality that the guest sees – will enable the entire surface of the hotel walls and furniture to be used an interactive display

2. Home from home upload: 3D room re-skin

Guests will be able to choose from a range of layouts and lonely business travellers will be able to display virtual family images

3. 3D audio effects, digital room soundproofing

A flat audio panel will enable guests to choose from a range of ambient sounds, such as the sound of the ocean to help them drift asleep

4. Virtual lighting selection from users’ home upload

Atmospheric lighting will stimulate the ambience of being at home

5. Medical sleep monitoring

Sleepwear featuring electro-responsive fabrics and microphones will enable measurement of skin conductivity (indicating stress or relaxation states), pulse, blood pressure and heart rate

6. Dietary advice from night time monitoring

Some medical conditions can be monitored by simple sensors connected to the skin or even in fabrics, or even monitoring the sleeper’s breath.  When the guest wakes up, a report on their medical state could include advice on foods that should be consumed more or less.

7. Auto-massage de-stress pillows

A gentle head and neck massage will help guests drift off to sleep

8. Uploads/downloads through digital jewellery

By 2035 mobile phones will be extinct and tiny items of digital jewellery will service all guests’ mobile and IT requirements

9. Optimum sleep-cycle alarm

Sleep-cycle alarms will monitor the electrical activity in the brain and identify the best time to wake the guest – so that he/she wakes up feeling fresher than if they had awoken just a few minutes into a new sleep cycle

10. Personal link-up: ‘Pillow Talk’

The 2035 pillow will house a range of soft electronics to detect brain, REM and sleep activity, as well as miniature microphones to enable solo travellers to chat with their family back home

11. Video calls to family

Guests would be able to communicate with home very easily, using a full 3d overlay of a virtual room just like one at home. A businessman away on a trip would be able to feel they were effectively at home with the family. Even in bed, they would be able to see their partner next to them if they wish.

12. Virtual office and multi-way conferencing

Virtual technology will enable business travellers to their hotel room into a working office, with walls becoming video monitors with webcam capability

13. In-room augmented reality fitness interface

Cyberspace will play a huge role in the 2035 hotel room, where guests can enjoy a work-out session with a virtual personal trainer

14. Interactive gaming and fitness

Guests can also invite digital creatures of characters from movies and games to share their room with them

15. Online ordering and purchasing

Guests will be able to shop from their room, with the walls replicating the interior of a shop, or check out stocks and shares prices via web on the wall

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  2. Darren

    I think a bit of speculation never hurt anyone, and that is all this really is, is speculation at the minute. I agree with the previous comments – that you would like to think technology would have advanced a bit more than what the diagram depeicts, but at the same time, I would like to think that technology wouldn’t be as dominant in 2030 – sometimes it is nice to get away from it all and switch off – how can we even begin to consider that when the room depicted contains so much technology that you literally cannot sleep without it

  3. Opinion Viewer

    It seems to me that fantasy is open to anyone’s imagination but, poor human being that will have to go thru all these technology “marvels” whilst, actually, what most of us are looking for in a hotel room is the ideal conditions for a real restful night. Will human tranquility be able to take all of this?

    How do we have to feel about quote:”Remote virtual love making will be possible by 2030, allowing individuals to connect with their partner whilst away from home” unquote, as mentioned in this article?

    Honestly, I was trained in the Hospitality industry to deliver service and details; to make guests feel at home. But this, I don’t know…

  4. Ruby

    Are we going to get so lazy that a mic needs to be put into our pillows so we can talk with our family? This is taking hands-free to an new level.

    On the other hand, a massaging pillow will be mighty swell.

  5. Conrad Doyle

    Wow, how can I get a job as a futurologist? Who would have thought that in 2025 online ordering and interactive gaming will be available in hotel rooms. What next portable telephones? Wireless remote controls?

    • Kevin May

      Kevin May

      @conrad – I know, it’s amazing. Pearson’s sharp thinking is almost on the same level as the travel industry’s general eagerness to evolve.

  6. Delia Mato

    Good evening. Let me politely introduce myself first. I am from Gran Canaria but I have worked in the hotel industry for many years in other countries like Switzerland or even London or Edinburgh.

    Please don’t misunderstanding me but the presentation of this page of a room with facilities for the short-term future are focused for a client that use the virtual world in a let’s say superficial way.
    My view, nowadays, spetially businesspeople (as you mentioned very often the isolitation of the guest so I asume is for businesspeople) don’t lose their valued time in games. If they were games that will help their work or that would relax their mind in an after busy day. But sorry already in our days people can get in inmediate touch with their families with a simple PC.

    It might be that I have not understood properly the concept.

    Yours faithfully

    Delia Mato


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