While we might still be years and years away from creating a theme park inhabited with living breathing dinosaurs, a hotel in Japan has come up with a more plausible substitution. Henn na Hotel is one of the first hotels to be operated by robots, specifically dinosaurs robots, surely becoming the first hotel in the world to boast this feature.
The hotel located in East Tokyo features dinosaurs that can help guests from all sorts of countries, having the ability to communicate in different languages including English, Japanese, Korean or Chinese.
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While these features sounds awesome, The Huffington Post reports that some guests find the dinosaurs unnerving despite the fact that they’re designed to be hospitable, and that management still hasn’t figured out when guests want to interact with robots and when they want to interact with real people.
The robot dinosaurs look very real. They’re all wearing adorable bellboy hats and their small arms are outstretched in a gesture that’s meant to be warm and welcoming. Still, there’s a certain amount of trepidation when approaching a creature with large teeth and claws, no matter if it’s a robot or not, so guests reactions are understandable.
The robots are equipped with a motion sensor that lets them know when guests are approaching them, prompting them to say welcome and to move their arms around as if they’re having an actual conversation. Depending on guests’ responses and language preferences, the dinosaurs will check them into their room and make the process as smooth as possible.