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Defining and Informing the Complex Field of User Experience (UX)
Article No. 274 March 19, 2008

Marriott's ultra-adaptable room

Marriott introduces the ultra-adaptable room. Essentially a well placed hub that allows the hotel guest to quickly hook a variety of devices (Laptops, gaming systems, camera,etc…) into the flat screen in your room. Well placed power plugs round it all out. Would be curious to see if anyone has stayed in one of these rooms and their thoughts on the experience.


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Howard Mann is the founder of Brickyard Partners, a business strategy agency based in Portland, OR. Prior to founding Brickyard Partners in 2001, Mann owned a premier international logistics company with over 140 Million in revenue, six U.S. offices and a global network of over 40 agents worldwide.

As that business came under severe pressure from the previous economic downturn and industry consolidation, Howard lead the company out from those treacherous times by returning to the basics that make every business great and completing 6 acquisitions that re-imagined the business so it was highly attractive to buyers. Finding that “secret sauce” did not come easily but has fueled his purpose to help other business leaders to never have to go through what he endured. 

Through real world experience and those hard times in the “trenches” of business he has learned that it is not following the latest fad, copying competitors or adding complexity that makes a business truly great. His pragmatic approach and knowing what it feels like to sit in the CEO/Owner chair is what makes his work so different and effective.

In addition to his strategy, marketing and communications work, Mann coaches a select group of entrepreneurs, CEO's and business owners. His highly focused workshops and keynotes help executive teams take aggressive action to unlock the true potential of their organizations and build remarkable businesses that endure. In good times and bad. Online and off.

Howard is a sought after speaker both in the U.S. and around the world. He writes frequently on his blog about the importance of the basics and reconnecting to the passion that too often gets lost as businesses mature.

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They get negative points for the “auto play on load” approach (on the web page you linked to). I hate that. Otherwise the room sounds good.

I’m actually staying at the Hyatt Place right now and they even have a better hub. They have VGA HD inputs in addition to what Marriott has.