So, Japan did it again…
From the same guys that invented this:
Now we have a robot serviced hotel! (well we could saw that one coming eh?).
“Henn-na Hotel, which means either “strange” or “change” hotel, you pick the one that suits it best, will come to life in July this year. The 72-room hotel will be staffed by 10 people alongside 10 robots, in case you miss interacting with people. These so-called “actroids” are designed to be remarkably, and slightly creepily, human-like. Developed by Osaka University and manufactured by Kokoro, a branch of the company that licenses Hello Kitty, the humanoids bear the features and mannerisms of young Japanese women.
According to The Telegraph, alongside speaking Japanese, these multilingual bots will be capable of conversing fluently in Chinese, Korean and English. Not only that, but they will also be able to make hand gestures and mimic various other human behaviors, such as breathing and blinking. And just to really freak you out, they can even make eye contact and respond to both body language and tone of voice, Washington Post reports.
Three robots will man the hotel’s reception and, after checking you in, another industrial robot will deal with your luggage. These actroids are joined by numerous porters and service robots which carry out a variety of everyday tasks, such as making coffee, cleaning and delivering laundry. Alongside this futuristic team, the hotel will have various other high-tech features, such as facial recognition in place of key cards. Guests will also be able to request additional amenities through a tablet computer provided by the hotel.”