New Japanese Hotel To Be Staffed By Humanoid Androids

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We’ve seen some pretty mechanical service at hotel check-in counters over the years, but a soon-to-open hotel in Japan will take it a step further.

The Hen-na Hotel - which loosely translates as 'strange hotel' - will be staffed predominantly by robots in a move to keep operating costs down and room rates low. Set to open at Huis Ten Bosch theme park outside Nagasaki this summer, it is being billed as the world’s 1st hotel to be staffed with humanoid androids.

The female uniformed robots will have human mannerisms and the ability to speak Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English. They will man the check in desk, clean rooms and serve meals in the restaurant. The robot workforce will be supplemented by 10 human members of staff.

The hotel operator says its aim is to keep operating costs down - robots don’t require pay cheques - and showcase its technological advances.

Other advanced technology used in the 72 room hotel includes facial recognition entry for guestrooms.

Due to the fact that androids don't require a salary, a night at the hotel will cost about $75, around 1/3 of the price of other hotels at the theme park.

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