I could select background music or scroll through a list of movies to watch
I recently stayed at a high end hotel that included a very modern building automation system. The many features were super impressive, luxurious and convenient. However, I was unfamiliar with this level of technology and struggled to figure it out. When I checked in, the concierge explained how to operate the elevator. There were no buttons to push. I simply waved my key card in front of a screen. The elevator automatically recognized the location of my room and took me to the proper floor. If I wanted to be taken to the fitness center, restaurant or pool level, I could make this request via a touchscreen inside of the elevator. At the door to my room, there was no need to insert the key card. Even if the key card was tucked inside my wallet, the door lock responded and automatically provided access. Inside the room, there was no light switches, no remote control for the television and no thermostat. It took me forever to figure out how to make adjustments to anything. The mirror hanging on the wall was also a giant touchscreen. There was a very small button on the mirror to convert it into a control panel. From there, I could open and close the window blinds, dim the lights and adjust the temperature. I could select background music or scroll through a list of movies to watch. I was able to set a wakeup alarm and order room service. Once I figured out how to operate the system, the automated features were really helpful.