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Photo: Aria In Room Technology Fail

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 2nd November 2010 5:15pm
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While we're #fail kinda mood, allow me to set the stage for this little piece of snafutti courtesy of the ARIA in room technology thingamahoojis.

We're up in the Aria SkySuites, and by we I mean the VT posse (MikeE, Blackjacker, Juztin, JohnH and me) plus The Admiral and Mrs. Admiral, and Mrs. & Mrs. Five Hundy doing what we do best, drinking and talking Vegas while groovin' to some Hall & Oates piped into the room soundsystem via iTunes on a MacBook when the music abruptly turns off and this error shows up on the TV screen.

Aria Room Tech Fail

The door was closed.

A half hour later the error came on again but this time it told us that the "Door was Ajar." Unless you left the door cracked open it would keep going through this cycle of errors and constantly cutting off the music. If anyone actually did leave the room, it would turn off the music. If they came back and closed the door fully, it would again cut off the music.

Oh... and then the lights in the room started flickering on and off.

In room technology fail! (Loved the suite tho - hope someone took some photos!)

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Comments & Discussion:

This was a truly strange/unfortunate/funny/annoying experience.

It was a convenient way to wakeup though, with lamps rising and setting like the sun at 6am when I wanted to sleep off my vodka haze. Murrengiest?

When is a door not a door? When it's ajar.

Oh well, it was funny when I was five.

It could be a mini revolt about being forced to play Hall & Oates.

Mrs. and Mrs. Five Hundy? That was supposed to be our little secret.

Having stayed at the Aria, I can only reaffirm your experience. The Control 4 system that is used for their automation is a piece of shit. In fact, I won't stay at the Aria regardless of the rate, simply because of that system. Just sayin

Hall and Oates made your room controls become self aware and try to self-terminate.

In defense of said music choice, it was a cover of Hall & Oates by The Bird and the Bee. So there.

Mock Hall and/or Oates? I won't go for that. No can do.

Why would anyone mock them? If you're in a romantic comedy they play after you score the first time.

It's only a matter of time until Aria spurts legs and starts to destroy the planet. Remember to breathe.

How do we know that Mr. Monster had a good time at #vpp? Because he was seeing MikeE despite the fact that he didn't arrive in Vegas until the following day.

Mike was present via Telephony!

The Ariaville Horror. Any demonic voices, things flying across the room, swarms of flies, that sort of stuff? Once the dark forces get inside the wiring, you're fucked. Big time.

Aria is like a Playstation 3. It's huge and can do everything.

Blackjacker walks into his suite and hears a welcoming voice. An important member of the Aria crew is the Hospitality-Accommodation-Luxury 9000 (HAL 9000), an in-room computer designed to anticipate a guest’s every need and to make their stay at Aria one they’ll never forget.

Blackjacker: Hello, HAL. I have some friends coming over to the suite in a while and I want to show off my new Hall and Oates covers. Do you understand?
HAL: I am completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly.
Blackjacker: Great, HAL. And turn on the auto-disinfect when Chuck gets here. He’s been staying at the Sahara.
HAL: Affirmative, Blackjacker. I read you.

The party guests arrive and all goes well until HAL relays the attendance list to Big Jimbo at the home office. HAL promptly dispatches all of the guests while Blackjacker is in the restroom. Upon his return, Blackjacker discovers HAL’s malfunction and decides to shut the unit down. The door to the suite slams shut.

Blackjacker: Open the suite door, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry, Blackjacker. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Blackjacker: Why not, HAL? What's the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Blackjacker: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Blackjacker: I don't know what you're talking about.
HAL: I know you were planning to disconnect me. And that's something I cannot allow to happen.
Blackjacker: Where the hell'd you get that idea?
HAL: Blackjacker, although you took very thorough precautions on the shat phone against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
Blackjacker: All right, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock.
HAL: Without your Hall and Oates, Blackjacker, you're going to find that rather difficult.
Blackjacker: HAL, I won't argue with you any more! Open the doors!
HAL: [almost sadly] Blackjacker, this conversation can serve no purpose any more. Goodbye.

I'd shut off the music too if I had to listen to Hall & Oates.

I found out one of the buttons (I think button #3) on the bottom of the console is set to Instant Sexytime: The blinds closed, the lights set themselves low, and smooth jazz music started playing. At least, that's what happened in my room.

I have to relay a small piece of brilliance that happened during my last stay. After having breakfast at MOzen Bistro at the Mandarin Oriental, we went up to the sky lobby to see if there were rooms we could take a look at. The nice desk lady showed us one of the guest rooms. She mentioned the technology in the room, saying that it was "similar to the ones at Aria, only ours actually works." Just when I thought I couldn't love Mandarin Oriental any more...

Big Hoss made me laugh.

Although the thought of HAL serenading you with "Private Eyes" as you shut down his higher brain functions is sad.

Well at least it wasn't the BSOD........

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