Japanese hotel uses facial and voice recognition technology

July 30, 2015 - 

A new hotel in Japan has been equipped with a facial recognition access control system, a voice recognition system that controls room lighting, and a staff of talking robots to make the accommodations more cost-effective and efficient for guests, according to a report by the Weekly Observer.

The Henn-na Hotel, which translates to Weird Hotel, is an extension of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park.

The hotel has installed a facial recognition system that enables guests to unlock their room once their face is detected instead of using a key.

The hotel rooms, which cost about $80 per night, are equipped with a voice recognition system that allows guests to switch the lights on or off using a vocal command.

In addition to the talking robots who speak multiple languages to help guests, a human security force is on hand at the hotel to monitor the hotel with security cameras.

The room’s temperature is completely automated using a high tech system that detects how hot or cold a guest is feeling and then automatically configuring the room’s temperature accordingly.

Hotel owner Hideo Sawada is considering opening a second hotel in Japan, as well as another one outside of the country.

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