High-tech Japanese hotel to employ human-like robot staff

by Mariella Moon

Going to Japan? Here’s a bit of advice: if you’re absolutely terrified of eerie human-like robots, think very hard before visiting Nagasaki prefecture’s Henn-na Hotel that’s slated to open its doors in July. Why? Because the high-tech hotel will employ 10 robots, three of which are multilingual gynoids that look like they were shipped straight from Uncanny Valley. Kokoro, the robots’ manufacturer, calls them “actroids,” and yes, you’ve seen usfeature them in the past. Thankfully, they’re stuck behind the check-in counter as receptionists, so you can just get that part done as fast as possible. Or, you can try to flirt for a room upgrade if that’s your thing, since they can apparently establish eye contact and respond to body language.

Read more ⇒ Engadget
Learn more ⇒ http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/08/high-tech-robot-hotel-japan/

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