What if a team of robots coming out to help you check into a hotel, carry your luggage to your room and ask you for a tip for a cup of coffee that you ordered? Well, all these utopian statements may become a reality for all those people who are planning to tour Japan.
A new hotel at a theme park in Japan’s Nagasaki is very hopeful of turning this dream into a reality.
Japan’s Henn-na Hotel, which means “strange hotel” by etymology, is going to hire androids for different roles such as robot waiters, cleaning staff, reception attendants and a cloakroom attendant.
The incredible Actroid- robots having strong human likeness- have been manufactured by the Japanese robotics company Kokoro and developed by Osaka University. Many of these robots look like a young Japanese woman. These incredible workers can speak various languages, ranging from Chinese, Japanese, English and Korean. Moreover, they can make many actions just like humans, such as hand gestures and mimic eye movements.
The Actroid-staffed hotel will constitute a part of a theme park known as Huis Ten Bosch, whose model is inspired by a typical Dutch town. The guests coming to this hotel will no longer need keys to access their rooms. Instead, they require a facial recognition software. But the service will completely be as per the choice of the guest.
Huis Ten Bosch, spokeswoman for the hotel, said, “We’d like to draw visitors to this setting surrounded by nature by establishing a smart hotel, which could be something we could spread through Japan and the world. If the robot hotel is a success, another one may be opened in 2016.”
The Henn-na Hotel is offering rooms at the rate of nearly USD 60 (7,000 yen), but is expected to remain well below the rates for the other hotels of park, which commence at nearly USD 170 to USD 255 (20,000 to 30,000 yen). The use of renewable energy and robots will contribute immensely in keep the hotel’s operating costs down.