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October 9, 2014

Marriott Launches Wireless Device Charging in Hotel Lobbies




By Esther Hertzfeld

Marriott has launched a partnership with Kube Systems to add wireless charging stations to 29 hotel lobbies across the U.S. with more to come.

The new “KS Portable” charging stations utilize Kube Systems’ Qi technology, which allows compatible smartphones to charge simply be resting on top of the charging station. It can power up to six Apple, Android or Windows devices without using any wall outlets.

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The cubes, which are slightly smaller than a box of tissues, is one of a few competing power standards aiming for broad adoption. A number of late-model phones like the LG Nexus 5 and Nokia Lumia 920 have built-in support for wireless charging, though the new iPhone 6 does not. Guests who don't have a phone equipped with wireless charging capability can still power up with Lightning and micro USB cables built in to the cubes, reports Conde Nast Traveler.

According to a Marriott Hotels survey, the average U.S. business traveler carries two to three mobile devices with them on the road. As this number continues to rise, Marriott Hotels is taking it into consideration in every aspect of the guest experience, including an expanded number of more accessible power outlets in guestrooms, the company says.

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This idea to add the wireless chargers to lobbies came out of Marriott's Travel Brilliantly campaign, which asks real guests for thoughts on improving the hotel experience.


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