Beacon Device Takes The Pain Out Of Navigating A New Airbnb
Ping provides new guests with a guided tour of the house or apartment through a simple tap of their phone
Living in someone else’s home requires understanding the house rules. Instead of giving guests a heavy binder of rules and information, why not just put up a Ping? A simple tap on this gadget leads guests to all the information they’ll ever need about their temporary abode, neatly categorized and easily browsed.
Created by recent Royal College of Art graduate Kristian Knobloch, the Ping was designed to be a sort of virtual welcoming for new guests. The design fits into a home wall both naturally and uniquely. While the color stands out on the wall (in no less than Airbnb’s dark salmon color), it’s unobtrusive. The main device is a circular area mounted on a wooden base.
Dangling from this installation is a card similar to a hotel door sign. On it is information guests immediately need: the Wi-Fi password and emergency contact numbers.
Ping works through NFC, so it does require an NFC-compatible phone like most flagship Androids. Although iPhones have NFC, its use is still limited to Apple Pay. Co.Design reports the creator is thinking of releasing a Bluetooth, iOS-friendly version of the device.
By scanning these terminals, the phone opens up a link containing the information. It isn’t limited to text, hosts can upload videos and sound to make their guests feel at home in an instant. These Ping pages can also help guests navigate the locale and direct them to walkable neighborhood hotspots.
Aside from one Ping to sit by the front door, several other tags can occupy rooms for the house. Hosts can put a Ping on the kitchen table which can lead guests to a list of instructions and rules about kitchen use, or the bathroom so they can have a quick glance on how your heating works.
Spare for a text box, Airbnb hasn’t provided users wth a standard on how to communicate specific instructions and house rules to hosts. Ping wants to bridge this gap. The platform will be conducting a beta test. Interested hosts may sign up here.