Henn-na Hotel Japan, Where Robots Will Do the Hospitality
Hotels are as old as the civilizations themselves. Life is in a continuous process of evolution and so do the hotels are. From simple venues for hospitality to three-stars to five-stars to seven-stars to tech hotels, the hotels have developed and developed. And a development over the developed hotels is Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan, a hotel which is to be run by ROBOTS. As the name suggests, Henn means ‘change’ or ‘strange’ in Japanese, the hotel appears fairly strange.
The radically strange hotel will be inaugurated this July. Humanoid robots will manage the place, greet the guests, transport goods, sweep rooms and much more. I believe they will try to ‘learn’ cooking as well. Will they?
According to the Telegraph, robotics company Kokoro, in the business of making “actroid,” or human-like robots since 2003, has been given the task to provide Henn-na with cybrog staff. The actroids can copy almost all human acts such as breathing or blinking and speaking. They not only speak but effectively communicate using gestures and recognizing yours too.
You visualize robot coming to your room and providing you food; appearing human yet not a human? Well, if this is the case, authorities have perhaps fairly predicted that some people may not be tempted by either ‘change’ or ‘strangeness,’ human staff will also be ready to perform tasks in such cases. But the company president seems too optimistic about robotic dominance in the hotel.
“We will make the most efficient hotel in the world,” Sawada said. Just imagine a place which is being run by robotics? It needs to be a technological marvel which Henn-na will be.
The 72-room hotel with 10 robots as organizers will be located at a high-tech building. So when the guests will try to enter room, they will undergo a facial recognition process. And when they will feel heat, radiation panel will automatically detect it and ACs will start working. And when the guests will be in need of something or they will be looking to place orders, they will use tablets – the hotel will provide tablets itself.
Everything seems a prodigy. The building, the staff, the way of hospitality – all in all. The next thing is the relish of food, for which you need to visit Henn-na. If you are planning to stay a night there, $60 will be the fees per night, a press release states.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.