Hotel staffed entirely by robots unveiled in JapanBy Bobricky 09:43 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 Comments
A businessman in Japan has unveiled a hotel run by robots,
insisting the move is not a gimmick but a serious attempt
at reducing costs.
Henn na Hotel, as it is called in Japanese, was shown to
reporters on Wednesday, complete with robot
demonstrations, ahead of its opening to the public on
Hideo Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of an amusement
park, said the move to use robots was aimed at utilising
technology and achieving efficiency.
The â€˜staffâ€™ include a dinosaur-shaped receptionist robot that
speaks in English, and the one that speaks Japanese,
shaped like a woman with blinking lashes.
The visitor still has to punch a button on the desk, and type
in information on a touch panel screen.
Another feature of the hotel is the use of facial recognition
technology, instead of the standard electronic keys, by
registering the digital image of the guestâ€™s face during
Staying at Henn na Hotel starts at $80, a low price in
Japan, where a stay in one of the nicer hotels can easily
cost twice or three times that much.
In the hotelâ€™s rooms, a lamp-size robot in the shape of a fat
pink tulip called Tuly answers simple questions like, â€œWhat
time is it?â€ and â€œWhat is the weather tomorrow?â€
You can also tell it to turn the room lights on or off. There
are no switches on the walls.
The hotel still relies on humans for security.
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