Well it was bound to happen, people replaced by robots, and its has according to the trusty sources at eturnonews which reported today, July 15 that Japanese businessman Hideo Sawada has opened a hotel completely run by mechanical figures. Sawada, who operates the property as part of an amusement park, insists that this isn’t a gimmick but that robots are just more efficient and cost less than homo sapiens. So when you check into the Henna na Hotel or Weird Hotel you will find an eerie lifelike, one vicious-looking English-speaking dinosaur receptionist and another female humanoid with blinking lashes that communicates in Japanese. You check in by pushing a button which then leads to automated porters toting your bags and very few humans.
There are no room keys at the hotel which uses facial-recognition technology, instead of the standard electronic keys, by registering the digital image of the guest’s face during check-in. Why? Because robots aren’t good at finding keys, if people happen to lose them. Another ‘weird’ touch is a giant robotic arm, usually seen in manufacturing, is encased in glass quarters in the corner of the lobby. It lifts one of the boxes stacked into the wall and puts it out through a space in the glass, where a guest can place an item in it, to use as a locker. The arm will put the box back into the wall, until the guest wants it again. The system is called “robot cloak room.” If you need concierge service you’ll find a doll-like hairless robot who also uses voice recognition and provides the answers to your questions, but it doesn’t have the capacity to summons a taxi or run errands.
The price for such high-tech antics starts at only $80 a night or 9,000 yen ($80), which is a big bargain for an area where hotels can cost three times that much..
According to eturbonews and other sources Japan is a world leader in robotics technology, and the government is trumpeting robotics as a pillar of its growth strategy. Robots have long been used here in manufacturing. But interest is also high in exploring the potential of robots in human interaction, including helping care for the elderly.
We almost forgot, there is one part of the Weird Hotel that still relies on the human touch and it’s called security, a team of live people who watch cameras and monitors comings and goings.One area in which Henn na Hotel still relies on human beings is security.
Although room service is provided by robots beds still are tended to by humans. There is a robot in rooms that tells you the time and gives a weather forecast, it comes shaped like fat pink tulip and answers to the name “Tuly.” Weird enough for you?