If you thought humans were irreplaceable, guess again. Japan has opened the first cost-cutting hotel run by robots, which proves these ironclad characters can carry out pretty much all humanlike activities. The official opening of the hotel was made on Thursday under the careful surveillance of hotel owner, Hideo Sawada.
Hideo Sawada first came up with the idea of a robot-run hotel after noticing that hotel stays can be very costly in Japan. As a consequence, he conceived a cost-effective solution, namely, the construction of a guest house that is sure to attract many customers and do away with many of the human-related expenditures.
The first demonstrations went very well, according to the owner’s press declaration. The guests were welcomed by a dinosaur robot, which also assigned them rooms after verifying their identity. Highly advanced face recognition programs have been provided on the robots so they would match the guests’ identity.
The same technology is used all throughout the hotel, even for the replacement of the standard electronic keys. This measure has been preferred because robots did not have particularly good results when asked to find and hand keys to their customers.
The hotel offers all the regular services as Sawada did not want his guests to feel uncomfortable in any way during their stay. Luggage is taken to the room by automated trolleys, whereas special robotic arms deposit objects in the hotel safe.
Japan’s first robot-run hotel was conceived as an amusement park, where guests can witness unprecedented situations. For that matter, flying drones have been programmed to offer food and drinks to visitors, while they wait for the check-in process to be completed. Many more flying drones will be added in the future because Sawada plans to include other services for his clients.
According to the hotel owner, the main concept of this boarding house is innovation. Sawada, however, wanted his hotel to be a cheaper alternative for the otherwise incredibly expensive hotels in Japan. A night at the Henn na robot hotel is estimated at 9,000 yen ($80), whereas most Japanese hotels request clients double or even triple prices.
The project is yet another demonstration of the numerous things that can be achieved with the help of robotic engineering. This case proves that robots have long outrun their manufacturing attributes and may now be used for many other purposes.
Nevertheless, Sawada stated that there is still one activity that robots cannot carry out in his hotel, that is, bots can’t clean rooms and make the beds. Security issues are also handled by human beings, but Sawada thinks he can soon find robotic replacements for these activities, too.
During the trial period the hotel owner has agreed to keep his boarding house half-filled until all the machineries have been proven safe.
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