'Weird Hotel' in Japan uses hokey robots instead of employees
In an effort to cut labor costs, a hotel in southwestern Japan, appropriately called Weird Hotel, uses robots instead of human employees.
The English-speaking receptionist is a mean-looking dinosaur robot, and the Japanese-speaking receptionist is a female humanoid robot with blinking lashes.
And instead of hotel key cards, the hotel uses facial recognition technology to register the guests at check-in. (This is because robots suck at finding keys evidently, and facial recognition eliminates the possibility of lost keys.)
A "robot cloak room" in the corner of the lobby consists of a giant robotic arm (generally seen in manufacturing) shifting around boxes locked behind glass. Outside, a drone flies around bringing jars full of snacks to guests.
A night in the Weird Hotel starts at 9,000 yen ($80) which is considered a bargain in that area of Japan. The hotel opens for business this Friday.
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