STRANGE BUT TRUE

Central Telegraph - - NEWS THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY -

A Ja­panese ho­tel is of­fer­ing guests one of the strangest check-in ex­pe­ri­ences pos­si­ble – a re­cep­tion desk manned by ro­bot di­nosaurs.

Whether it’s Ja­panese, English, Chi­nese or Korean, the pair of di­nosaurs are more than happy to as­sist cus­tomers ar­riv­ing at the ho­tel in east Tokyo through the use of a tablet sys­tem.

The ho­tel be­longs to the Henn na (whose name means “weird”) chain, which claims to of­fer the world’s first ho­tels staffed by ro­bots.

As re­ported by AFP, the ro­bots de­tect guests’ mo­tion on ap­proach and bel­low out “Wel­come” and ges­ture with their long arms.

How­ever, the ic­ing on the cake are the tiny bell­boy hats perched atop their heads.

Yet de­spite the nov­elty of the sit­u­a­tion, the ho­tel’s man­ager, Yukio Na­gai, has said that some cus­tomers find the di­nosaurs slightly un­nerv­ing.

“We haven’t quite fig­ured out when ex­actly the guests want to be served by peo­ple, and when it’s okay to be served by ro­bots,” he told AFP.

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