Japan is always coming up with ways to out-Japan themselves. Their newest move? Japanese company Huis Ten Bosch built a new hotel, named Henn-na Hotel or Evolve Hotel, run by ten robots. Robots will check you in. Carry your luggage. Deliver your room service. Clean your room. It opens to the public tomorrow, Friday July 16th. If you're interested in staying there, it's 9,000 yen (or 80 bucks) a night.
Although many are skeptical about the appeal of a hotel without guest service, I personally would appreciate checking out without having to admit to a human that I ate four bags of M&Ms and rented Osmosis Jones two nights in a row.
Here's the Henn-na Hotel!
The hotel resides in Huis Ten Bosch, a Japanese theme park in Nagasaki meant to recreate the experience of living in a small Dutch town. This hotel seems like a departure from the park's theme unless Dutch towns are filled with robot hospitality businesses, and I'm the only one who doesn't know about it.
Meet one of the Henn-na's receptionists: a "doll-like hairless" robot.
"Doll-like hairless robot" are the hotel's words, not mine. Since she has a full head of hair, I assume they mean the rest of her body. So, in case the thought of whether this robot had armpit or pubic hair was worrying you, you can rest assured that she does not.
Amongst her other talents besides hairlessness, she rocks a hat like no one else, and she can speak Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese.
And this is the other receptionist: a dinosaur wearing a hat.
The Telegraph reports that he's there to assist English-speaking guests, which shows that this hotels understand what Americans are all about: personable dinos.
This is what greets you when you enter the hotel.
Here's the robot who runs the cloak room.
The Japanese robotics company, Kokoro, designed it. It seems like it likes its job, right?
Guests will open doors with face recognition technology instead of keys or key cards.
If you're afraid of Big Brother, you can opt to just use a normal key card.
The choice to do face recognition was not for high-tech purposes, by the way, but because it turns out, robots are really bad at finding lost cards. So we've got that on them!
Hideo Kasawa, who is in charge of the hotel, shows off one of the rooms.
The pink robot on the nightstand responds to simple questions like "What time is it?" or "What is the weather tomorrow?" Since there are no switches in the room, you tell the little bugger when you want the lights on or off.
Don't worry, there are human staff members.
In case you're worried this is the first sign of a robot dystopian, the hotel still needs human staff members. They'll monitor security footage and help clean rooms because, as Kasawa acknowledged, robots still can't make beds. We're still superior to robots, you guys!