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ROBOTS ARE TAKING OVER... the hotel industry. Japan just opened up the first ever self sufficient hotel operated entirely by robots.


Japan has opened the doors to the world's first automated, robot-staffed hotel, replacing people with pretty, lifelike lady humanoid receptionists and a bow tie-wearing, dinosaur concierge.
At the Henn-na Hotel, or 'Strange Hotel,' guests check in, check out, get their rooms cleaned and their luggage conveyed by a fleet of blinking, beeping and rolling robots that the hotel describes as "warm and friendly."
Likewise, as part of their aim to feature cutting-edge technology, stays are keyless. Instead, guests enter their rooms via facial recognition technology.
Aside from its novelty factor, the use of robots and the emphasis on automated services is part of a bigger concept: To reduce labour costs, save energy, reduce waste, and develop a self-sufficient hotel powered by solar energy and machines.

For example, rooms are conspicuously absent of refrigerators, lights are motion-sensored, and rooms are cooled using an energy-efficient radiant panel air conditioning system.
The hotel is part of the Dutch theme park Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, Nagasaki, and may be expanded across Japan and abroad, said company president Hideo Sawada.
Future plans also include the addition of Chinese and Korean languages to the robots’ repertoire.

Other features include a porter robot, that will transport luggage to guest rooms, and a self-serve cafe which serves snacks and drinks from, what else, a vending machine.

It’s not just Japan that’s replaced humans with robots in hotels. Over in California, not far from Apple’s corporate campus, Aloft Hotels put what they called the world's first robotic butler at the front desk last year. Botlr is used to shuttle amenities to guest rooms and acknowledges requests with peppy beeps and flashing lights.

Meanwhile, though the industry may be moving increasingly towards automated hotel services, the results of a recent JD Power survey that polled 62,000 guests in the US and Canada suggest that there’s still value in old-fashioned human contact: When staff greeted guests with a simple smile “all the time,” the average number of problems reported fell by 50 per cent.
Room rates at the Strange Hotel, which features 144 rooms, start at 9,000 JPY ($73 USD) for a single room.


http://m.ibnlive.com/news/tech/photos-a-peek-into-the-worlds-first-hotel-run-entirely-by-robots-1022107.html

Pretty interesting, isn't it? It takes care of the guest's needs while consuming less energy and saving more money. Leave it to Japan to come up with crazy technological innovations.
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Do the robots set your room temp to 65 if you don't tip them for cleaning your room?
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The face creeps me out so much. Imagine taking a stroll down to the hotel bar at midnight and one of them is stuck in an elevator with you, staring at you as if they're stealing your soul...

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The face creeps me out so much. Imagine taking a stroll down to the hotel bar at midnight and one of them is stuck in an elevator with you, staring at you as if they're stealing your soul...

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I'd have to wonder why one of those robots would follow you into an elevator at midnight in the first place.
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I will shit my pants if that's the first thing I see in the morning
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Do they have sex robots there to service you if needed? I'm in if they do sign me up 3 days and 2 nights.
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Gyava wrote:

I will shit my pants if that's the first thing I see in the morning


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Gyava wrote:

I will shit my pants if that's the first thing I see in the morning




i just pooted a little inside
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First thing I thought of was that I'd miss some human interaction. But then I'd be freaked out if one day I can't tell the difference between a robot and a human Otherwise, it's amazing to see technology come this far. Go Japan, for being weird and innovative.
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Do they do room service?
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Do they do room service?


That would be cool
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Five will get you ten that place has a maintenance guy. Also, I find it hilarious that we're now using what amounts to Disney Land's animatronic Abraham Lincoln to greet us at hotels. I wonder if we could reprogram her to deliver the Gettysburg Address?
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Robot staff lady's expression is a little odd, but I'd be perfectly comfortable interacting with her and other robots I think.

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No need to take Miku to the love hotel, she already works there?
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

The face creeps me out so much. Imagine taking a stroll down to the hotel bar at midnight and one of them is stuck in an elevator with you, staring at you as if they're stealing your soul...

hate dolls...


I'd have to wonder why one of those robots would follow you into an elevator at midnight in the first place.


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