Headed to Nagasaki, Japan, this summer? You might want to check out the Henn-Ha Hotel, which will be staffed almost entirely with robots.
The 10 humanoid robots, or “actroids,” are designed to look and act like young Japanese women. They speak fluent Japanese, Korean, Chinese and English, according to the hotel’s release.
Robotics company Kokoro manufacturers the ‘bots, which mimic human actions like blinking and are programmed to respond to basic human cues, like body language and tone. “Henn” means either change or strange in Japanese, according to the report in the Washington Post.
The hotel developer Huis Ten Bosch said there will be human staff to supplement the robots — who will act as receptionists, bellhops and maids — but the robots will do about 90 percent of the work. “We will make the most efficient hotel in the world,” president Hideo Sawada told the Japan Times.
The hotel itself will be wired for maximum efficiency as well, with guests accessing rooms through facial recognition, room temps monitored and adjusted according to body heat, and a hotel-provided tablet that allows guests to request services. It will be located within a theme park modeled on 17th-century Dutch settlement, also called Huis Ten Bosch.
What does all this efficiency cost? Rooms start at $60. Guess you don’t have to worry about tipping either. The hotel is set to open in July.
See more renderings of the hotel below: