Imagine entering a hotel and being hosted not by human but by robot. Robots will take care of you, lead you to your room, treat you with coffee, carry bags and deliver laundry.
Don’t imagine it anymore, because this summer such hotel in Japan will be opened. The hotel will have 72 rooms. The fees will start from $60 per night. Most importantly the hotel will be staffed by 10 humanoid robots.
Actually we can’t say whether it is something good or not so good. Maybe it is a concept aiming to attract people, because not every day one can be hosted by a humanoid robot.
By the way the humanoid robots are not from those simple ones, they are able to make eye-contact, respond to body language, even speak fluent Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English.
The robot staff will be supplemented with a human staff…for now. At a news conference in Japan, Huis Ten Bosch president Hideo Sawada said, “In the future, we’d like to have more than 90 percent of hotel services operated by robots”.
The humanoid Robots aren’t the only futuristic innovation about the Henn-na. The rooms of the hotel can be unlocked through guests facial recognition software and radiation panels capable of detecting body heat will monitor and adjust room temperatures.
This is not a dream. The official opening of the hotel is scheduled on July 17th.