(NWAonline) — The Weird Hotel in Japan is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. Hideo Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of an amusement park, insists using robots is not a gimmick, but rather a serious effort to use technology and achieve efficiency. The receptionist robot that speaks in English is a vicious-looking dinosaur, and the one that speaks Japanese is a female humanoid with blinking lashes. “If you want to check in, push one,” the dinosaur says. The visitor has to punch a button on the desk and type in information on a touch panel screen. The concierge is a doll-like hairless robot with voice recognition that talks about breakfasts and events. A giant robotic arm is encased in glass quarters in the corner of the lobby. It lifts one of the boxes stacked into the wall and puts it out through a space in the glass called the “robot cloak room,” where a guest can place an item in it to use as a locker.
An overnight stay starts at $80, a bargain for Japan, where a stay in one of the nicer hotels can easily cost twice or three times that much.Tags: Hideo Sawada, robotics, Weird Hotel