All you have to do is turn on your TV and choose the Wake Up option. Then, as you can see in our gallery of images of the TV operation screens, you select how you'd like to be woken up--with the blinds opening, the TV switching on (and which channel?), the lights turning on... Name your tune!
Likewise, you can set the 'Good Night' controls via the TV and drift off to the white-noise channel of your choice and have the lights go out without having to get out of bed and trip over your suitcase or a nightstand in a place you're not familiar with in the dark.
As you can see from our video, we opted for some light, some open blinds and a little morning TV action to welcome us into the new day. We have to say, we were less startled than we are when we have to jump up and turn off a blaring alarm, and we appreciated not having to mumble incoherently (and unnecessarily) into the phone like we would if we'd requested a wake-up call from the front desk.
We don't always like tech for tech's sake but this innovation is one we'd happily use again if we found it in our room.
As for the rest of our room? It's just as cool. But you'll have to come back next week to see that...
[Photos and video: HotelChatter]