New Japanese ‘smart hotel’ to offer lower rates with stupid robots

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Japanese theme park ‘Huis Ten Bosch’ to open ‘smart hotel’ with low rates — and robots
Nikkei Asian Review / January 28, 2015
at a planned hotel at Huis Ten Bosch, where robots will greet guests, clean up and even serve coffee… as a way to slash personnel costs… equipped with three customer-service robots handling check-ins, at least one “service robot” tasked with serving coffee to customers and other duties, and several cleaning robots. Instead of room keys, guests will use a facial recognitionmore

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The idea of a robot-assisted hotel is all fine and good. Check-in at an automated kiosk rather than with a clerk at the front desk is perfectly ok. Even a robot bellboy (3Yen / 2006-02-24 to carry my bags to my room would be sort of fun. However, claiming that this amounts to a “robot-run” hotel is just a gimmick.
UPDATE: The name of the hotel is “Henn na Hotel” {Strange Hotel}…a play on words: “Henn” is also part of the Japanese word for change. —The Japan Times.
UPDATE to the UPDATE:

Previous reports of Japanese gimmick-bots on the 3Yen include:

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6 thoughts on “New Japanese ‘smart hotel’ to offer lower rates with stupid robots”

  1. GREETINGS HUMAN WOULD YOU CARE FOR SOME COMPANIONSHIP FOR THIS EVENING'S STAY WINK WINK...

  2. Dear Japan,

    Yes or no, can I put my penis into the robot’s mouth?

    Signed,

    The Rest of The World

  3. There’s barely any contact with staff when you go to nearly-automated-already Japanese love hotels… probably about 15 seconds when you pay at the end. But you can only see their hands anyway.

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