Robotic hospitality

the world's first hotel staffed by machines is open for business

The Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan claims to be the pinnacle in efficient lodging. Almost everything, from check-in to baggage transport, is done without the help of humans. Staff at the hotel — which translates literally to "Strange Hotel" — are robots. A Japanese-speaking humanoid and English-speaking dinosaur robot staff the reception desk at the hotel. Other high-tech features include facial-recognition technology instead of room keys and radiation panels that use body heat to adjust room temperature. (Human staff members are available to assist in emergencies.)
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