The motel is known as Henn-na-Hotel, which generally means Weird Hotel in English, has English-speaking old, and Japanese-speaking female robot as virtual receptionist to be available for guests’ rooms.
The concierge is a doll-like hairless robot with voice recognition that prattles breakfast and event information. A hotel in southwestern Japan uses robots to welcome their guests and operate the hotel.
The reason? Robots aren’t good at finding keys, if people happen to lose them. A robot cloak room is a special feature of the hotel where a giant robotic arm places a box through the space present in glass for the visitor to store things just like a locker.
Check-in is still done somewhat manually by the guest and Aiko and the dinosaur can’t call a cab or some of the more complicated requests.
Robotics is also key in the decommissioning of the three reactors in Fukushima, northern Japan, which went into meltdowns in 2011, in the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl.
To ease the mind of the Hollywoodly imaginative, security cameras dot the premises and humans take care of the security of guests and watch the every move of the automated employees.
“We will make the most efficient hotel in the world”, said Sawada in the news conference.
Hotel operator Sawada is quick to point out robots won’t “completely replace human workers” due to their limitations but “can’t be beaten for politeness”. He is also eager to add other languages, such as Chinese and Korean, to the robots’ vocabulary. The robot in the rooms is one that looks like a lamp in the shape of a pink tulip.
Outdoors, Sawada also demonstrated a drone that flew in to deliver a few small jars filled with snacks. The plan also is to have drones perform eventually for guests as entertainment.
There are even robots in the rooms that tell you what time it is, what the weather will be like tomorrow, and it will turn the lights on and off for you as there are no light switches on the walls at all. The robots simply weren’t ready.