Imagine checking into a hotel with a robotic dinosaur receptionist behind the front desk. You then hand your bags over to the bell-bot, or trolley robot that takes them to your room. Welcome to the Weird Hotel, or Henn na Hotel in Japanese. Unveiled today to reporters, the hotel will open to the public on Friday in Sasebo, Japan (a part of Nagasaki). The dinosaur receptionist mentioned above, who speaks English, will share the front desk with a female humanoid who blinks and speaks Japanese. The hotel also uses facial recognition instead of keys, and has a "doll-like hairless robot" working as concierge to answer simple questions about the goings-on in the area. There are a few human employees, including the bed-makers and some hidden security folks monitoring the cameras. At $80 per night, and no tips, it seems like quite the bargain for Japan. For more details, click here.
The Henn Na Hotel (“weird hotel”) is staffed by robots: the Japanese-speaking check-in clerk is a vicious robot dinosaur, while the English-speaking one is humanoid; a robot arm stores and retrieves personal items from the guest lockers, and a chatbot serves as concierge.
Virus quarantines and shuttered restaurants sent millions of Americans back to their homes, only to rediscover the joys of firing up an oven and cooking something special for themselves. Whether by desire, necessity, or both, many of us have certainly been spending more time in the kitchen these last few months. And we haven’t just […]
Now that the world is starting to re-emerge from its self-imposed COVID-19 quarantine, we’re all going to have to start making some adjustments to both short-term and long-term changes. And the questions… Should customers be hounded out of a store if they aren’t wearing a face mask? Are crocheted face masks safe or not? And […]
Maybe you had a piano teacher as a kid that drove you off the instrument forever. Or maybe you always wished for some serious training, but never found the time. Whether you have dreams of tossing off a Beethoven or Chopin piece at the drop of a hat or you have visions of being the […]