Hotel staffed entirely by robots unveiled in Japan

By 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

Friday.

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 ‘staff’ 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 guest’s face during

check-in.

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 hotel’s rooms, a lamp-size robot in the shape of a fat

pink tulip called Tuly answers simple questions like, “What

time is it?” and “What is the weather tomorrow?”

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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