Once tapped into the TV's flat-panel screen and the 25-watt speakers, a guest, for example, may work on the laptop and watch TV simultaneously on a split screen. The system also permits listening to an iPod through the sound system.

Marriott will roll out the upgrade over three years at its Marriott, JW Marriott and Renaissance brands in North America. By the end of 2007, about 25% of the high-end hotel rooms will have the system.

Marriott's initiative gives it a slight edge on competitors also scrambling to meet the demands of multitasking techno-guests. Hilton, Sheraton and Hyatt Place have similar plans.

Henry Harteveldt, a travel technology analyst at Forrester Research, predicts the project will be well received. "It's a pretty bold move. It reflects how ingrained technology is in travel," he says.

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