Evolve Brings Home Automation, Usable Alarm Clocks to Hotels
On display at CES 2013, new Android-based Evolve AI tablet makes it simple for hotel guests to control lights, thermostats, alarm clock, concierge service and other amenities.
Julie Jacobson · January 5, 2013
Evolve Guest Controls has stepped up its hospitality game with the new Evolve AI, an Android-based touchscreen that allows guests to control lights, temperature, music and hotel amenities via a single Z-Wave- and WiFi-enabled touchscreen.
Evolve already had been gaining traction in hospitality with its rather inelegant keypad controllers, but the new touchscreen makes it simple for technophobic guests to accomplish traditionally impossible hotel tasks – like adjusting the temperature.
Walk through the interactive demo: You tell me.
It is one of those eternal questions: Why is it so impossible to set the alarm in a hotel room? Evolve AI answers that with an intuitive alarm-clock interface that makes it simple to select the wake-up time, snooze intervals and even the alarm sound.
Built-in Z-Wave technology allows guests to control the lights, thermostats, motorized shades or any other amenities the hotel wishes to provide.
Speaking of amenities, the system lets guests book room service, summon valet-parked cars, reserve tee times and perform other tasks without having to talk to unnaturally pleasant hosts.
With the help of a built-in Wi-Fi connection, the Evolve AI can display headline news, local events, weather and other online information. Streaming audio is provided through AddictedToRadio.com.
The unit also features an iOS port for charging devices and streaming audio through its built-in 2W speakers.
Evolve has a back-end engine called EvolveNet for tying into various hotel systems, and the company can tailor content to suit the hotel’s need – like messaging groups (think trade show attendees) or serving up ads.
The company says that the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol, Conn., is installing the AI tablet in its suites.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]
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