Welcome to the world's first robot hotel, where all of your inner fears come to life.
The Japanese have given the world many wonderful things: walkmens, teriyaki chicken, double seed rice and of course, panty vending machines. But that wasn't enough for our favorite Ninja Warriors and they are now developing a new business concept incorporating a touch of genius, a touchof creepy and a touch of Terminator: Rise of the Machines. They are erecting a hotel run by robots. And yes, it's magifiscent.
The 72-room Henn-na Hotel is slated to open this July as part of a commitment for evolution says the company behind the diabolical act, Huis Ten Bosch Co. Along with the keyless, facial recognition software to open your hotel room doors, the Henn-na will also staff 10 humanoid robots in an attempt to lower costs and run an more efficient hotel. The robots will clean the rooms, check in guests, carry luggage and also reply in a bitchy attitude when you ask for more towels.
“We will make the most efficient hotel in the world,” company President Hideo Sawada told a news conference. “In the future, we’d like to have more than 90 percent of hotel services operated by robots.”
So the robots can't speak the native language and they are working the bottom-barrel jobs for close to nothing. Sounds similar to the hotels here in the United States.. We're guessing the ACLU will be all over robot rights down the line. These robots aren't just any type of robots either. They are human-like robots from a Japanese company called Koroko that's been manufacturing "actroids," or human-like robots, since 2003.
Interested in staying a night at a destination where Terminator might become a full-fledged reality at any moment? The going price for a single room is 7,000 yen or $60 per night. A double at the hotel goes for 9,000 yen or $76. Not bad knowing a robot lurks outside your door, waiting to enter and smell your dirty underwear. Of course, prices vary based on demand which Sewada believes will be extremely high during peak travel season in the summer.
So what are you waiting for? The Rise of the Machines? Book now! Unless of course you're Sarah Connor and just threw yourself off a bridge.