Las Vegas Casino Adding Amazon Echo to All Hotel Rooms

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While I am sure there are a lot of benefits of having an Amazon Echo in your hotel room, it's a bit creepy when you think about it from a privacy standpoint.

Wynn Las Vegas and Amazon announce plans to equip all 4,748 hotel rooms at Wynn Las Vegas with Echo, Amazon's hands-free voice-controlled speaker. The introduction of this technology into every guest room, beginning this month with installation in suites, will be an industry first in the world, allowing guests of Wynn Las Vegas to control various hotel room features with a series of voice commands via Alexa, the brain behind Echo.
 

Rahh

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terrible idea! while they're at it why not install webcams also...
 

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There's a hotel I won't be staying at.
Were you planning to anyway? Even for a place on the strip the Wynn is over-priced.

If the Echo was your only concern I can guarantee they'll remove it from the room before they let one of their big spending whales (or probably any of their customers) walk to another casino.
 

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Wynn is dying. Gotta try anything to compete with Venetian, Cosmo, Aria, etc.
 

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There's a hotel I won't be staying at.
There are already cameras everywhere in Vegas. Having something responsive to your voice commands in your room just gives you some benefit for the utter lack of privacy you already have in most places now.
 

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I have multiple Echo's and I love them. My only gripe is sometimes they have selective hearing.

Yap yap yap. "Alexa, stop"

Alarm Alarm Alarm "Alexa, thank you, now please stop"

Nag Nag Nag "Alexa, I heard you god dammit now shut the fuck up and go do the laundry or some...."

Sorry.

"Alexa, Stop"

The parallel is freaky.
 

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The Wynn already has some fancy automation in their rooms for blinds, lights, etc ,etc. Makes sense for that. But still, any listening device in your hotel room is iffy.
 

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So how much of a "hidden" added room fee is this going to add? Or are they simply going to increase the "resort fee" bullshit?
 

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This should eliminate the TV remote from the rooms, right? That's a good thing, considering where they've been.
 

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This should eliminate the TV remote from the rooms, right? That's a good thing, considering where they've been.
Most 5 stars are moving to "base stations" that do automation throughout the room. Aria is by far the best so far - first time you walk into your room the lights turn on as you walk through, the TV turns on to the welcome message, and the shades open to show your view from the floor to ceiling windows. Welcome message directs you to the "controller" which controls everything... so much to set a schedule to turn the lights on over a period of time and increase the heat in the room as the shades open in the morning to wake you up (if you make it back). Everything is in zones too. It's pretty neat.

We had a sky suite, but the regular suites/rooms are very similar. 5/5 would not get scabies at Aria again.
 

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Until the Echo hears the trigger word, there isn't much data being sent up. I see small data packets going out every now and then - almost like a ping. I'd much rather not have to touch anything in a hotel room. I know where my hands have been - gross.
 

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Is it? Only if you have someone in the room called Alexa and you're shouting her name all the time. Otherwise... no.
I'd wager that half of the prostitutes in Vegas are named Alexa. So ya, this is a big fucking problem.
 
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