- A robot hotel manned almost entirely by robots has opened in Sasebo in South-western Japan.
- The hotel is called Henn na Hotel (or Weird Hotel) and its rooms start at about 9,000 Yen (A$100) per night.
- True to its name, guests interact with robots upon entering the front door – beginning with the receptionists, an English-speaking dinosaur and a humanoid that speaks Japanese.
- Robotic porters cart luggage around and ‘Tuly’ a lamp-sized robot sits on your bedside table, ready to answer simple questions such as weather queries.
- It’s reported that Hideo Sawada, who runs the robot hotel as part of an amusement park, emphasises that robots are used to achieve efficiency and reduce labour costs.
- However, robots can’t do EVERYTHING – which explains why facial recognition is used to open doors (robots aren’t good at finding keys) and humans still man security cameras to keep people safe.
- Also, robots can’t make beds!