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Is this the tech utopia hotel we really want on our holidays?

Excerpt from New York Times

Jun 08, 2013 10:06 am

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There is smart use of technology at hotels, and then there are gimmicks. The line between the two are thin, and party-central Ibiza is the perfect venue to indulge on the either spectrum of these.

— Rafat Ali

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One of the most eager to adopt biometrics is the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel…Last year, the hotel was using wristbands with RFID to allow guests to instantly update their Facebook status by swiping the bands against sensors around the property. New this year: biometrics status updates. Guests input their fingerprints at kiosks and from then on, sensors in the “Facebook pillars” around the property allow them to tap two fingers to update their status…The pillars…can take your photo and post it to Facebook, too.

But that’s not all you can do by tapping your fingers….Registering for a cash-free payment system called PayTouch enables guests to buy anything they like…you input your credit card information and your fingerprints into a registration kiosk, and PayTouch links your prints to your card. Voilà, you’re able to buy food, drinks…not only throughout the resort but also at local bars, restaurants and shops.

Facebook kiosks at Ushuaia Ibiza:

Paytouch at Ushuaia Ibiza, paying through fingerprints:

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