The New York Times reports on the innovation employed at the Mandarinn Oriental Hotel in New York which knows exactly how warm a regular guest wants the room, welcomes him...

The New York Times reports on the innovation employed at the Mandarinn Oriental Hotel in New York which "knows" exactly how warm a regular guest wants the room, welcomes him with a personal message on his television and even loads his most frequently dialed numbers onto the phone.

New computer systems which connect individual rooms to network servers can now keep track of guests’ preferences and change the room conditions automaticaly. Much of the underlying technology is not new, the Times says, but it is still rare in private homes because the cost of the equipment is relatively expensive. As a consequence, luxury hotels are the first to embrace it – but by incorporating such technology into their guest rooms, these hotels are starting to provide a glimpse of the networked homes of the future.

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