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March 14, 2016 AT 12:00 pm

Japan’s ‘Weird’ Robot Hotel Receptionists


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Check into the Henn na Hotel in Japan with a very human looking robot. Or if the line’s too long check in with the dinosaur robot receptionist. All working to cut the costs of labor. via phys.org

The English-speaking receptionist is a vicious-looking dinosaur, and the one speaking Japanese is a female humanoid with blinking lashes. “If you want to check in, push one,” the dinosaur says. The visitor still has to punch a button on the desk, and type in information on a touch panel screen.

From the front desk to the porter that’s an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room, this hotel in southwestern Japan, aptly called Weird Hotel, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs.
Hideo Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of an amusement park, insists using robots is not a gimmick, but a serious effort to utilize technology and achieve efficiency.

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