Androids as receptionists in a Japanese hotel

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They have been developed by Osaka University and manufactured by Kokoro and, to say the truth, are very attractive. The minimum room rate at the Henn-na Hotel will be ¥7,000 (about £40). But people will bid for the rooms online and the price will probably increase. In addition to the robots, at the Henn-na Hotel there will be 10 human members of staff. If the experiment will be a success, there are plans to open a similar-sized robot-powered facility in 2016. “We’d like to draw visitors to this setting surrounded by nature by establishing a smart hotel, which could be something we could spread through Japan and the world,” a spokeswoman for the Huis Ten Bosch communicated to the media.

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