Would you check into a hotel staffed by robots?
The owners of this new hotel in southern Japan hope so. The Henn-na Hotel means “strange hotel” and it’s certainly bizarre.
There’s a mechatronic velociraptor and a female android to check you in. They even bow and speak in awkward English.
A large industrial robot arm supplied by Yaskawa Electric can store your luggage in an automated cloakroom.
The hotel is part of Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-themed amusement park north of Nagasaki, and has a lot of gimmicky machines -- but that’s part of the attraction, according to the owners.
Aldebaran Robotics’ Nao humanoid is on hand to act as a desk clerk and concierge.
And if you don’t want to deal with human waiters, you can get hot dogs or rice balls from a vending machine
Shades of Westworld
Meanwhile, porter robots developed by Sharp are ready to carry your bags to your room, where a facial-recognition camera system eliminates the need for a key.
By having mostly robot staff, the hotel can keep labour costs down and charge less than other hotels at the theme park.
Rooms start at around 9,000 yen (around £46.50), and demand is already brisk.
The Henn-na Hotel plans to add another wing with 72 more rooms next year, and may even expand overseas. After all, everyone loves dinosaurs.