Japanese hotel introduces robot humanoid staff

Ten humanoid robots to staff new Japanese hotel


13 April 2015
A new hotel in Japan has taken the concept of ‘high-tech’ to a new level by enlisting the help of human-like robots that establish eye contact, respond to body language and speak multiple languages.

The Henn-Na Hotel, which opens its doors to the public on 17th July, will initially introduce 3 “actroids”, serving as receptionists while having conversations in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, interpreting voice inflection and body language. There will be a further 7 robots throughout the hotel performing duties such as carrying bags to rooms or providing maid service.

The hotel, located in Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, will boast 72 rooms, with an additional 72 rooms stated to be completed in 2016. Rooms will start at £85 a night.

Speaking about implementing this technology on a wider scale going forward, Huis Ten Bosch company President Hideo Sawada said “In the future, we’d like to have more than 90 percent of hotel services operated by robots”.
 
Other futuristic characteristics of the hotel include having facial recognition in place of room keys and room temperature that is automatically adjusted based on radiation panels that will monitor guests’ body heat.
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