Japan's Henn na Hotel should hire these robots

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Japan's Henn Na Hotel Should Hire These Robots

Japan's Henn na Hotel is up and running which means now you can have robots tell you, "No, you can't extend your checkout another hour."

The hotel, which is located in a Nagasaki amusement park, is staffed by robots — like homeboy, homegirl and one of Chris Pratt's pets.

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A receptionist dinosaur robot performs at the new robot hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A porter robot, left, escorts a hotel employee while carrying his suitcase during a demonstration for the media at the new hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A receptionist robot, left, greets a hotel employee, right, demonstrating how to check in for the media at the new hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
The newly opened robot hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel stands in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A cloak robot, left, moves a box containing a suitcase left by a hotel employee at the cloak window during a demonstration for the media at the new robot hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Two receptionist robots, left, greet a hotel employee demonstrating how to check in the new hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Huis Ten Bosch Co. President Hideo Sawada attends the opening ceremony of the robot hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of his amusement park, insists using robots is not a gimmick, but a serious effort to utilize technology and achieve efficiency. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A receptionist robot, top center, accompanied by two other robots, greets a hotel employee demonstrating how to check in the new hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A receptionist dinosaur robot greets a hotel employee demonstrating how to check in for the media at the new hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A robot stands by during an opening ceremony of the robot hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Huis Ten Bosch Co. President Hideo Sawada speaks in a guestroom at the newly opened robot hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of his amusement park, insists using robots is not a gimmick, but a serious effort to utilize technology and achieve efficiency. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A cloak robot, left, waits as a hotel employee leaves her suitcase at the cloak window during a demonstration for the media at the new robot hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A hotel employee talks to concierge robot Tuly at the new robot hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A cloak robot moves a box loaded with items received from a guest during a demonstration for the media at the new hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A receptionist robot performs during a demonstration for the media at the new hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
SASEBO, JAPAN - JULY 15: A robotic dinosaur replaces human staff at the check in counter at the Henna Hotel (Weird Hotel) in Huis Ten Bosch, Netherlands themed amusement park on July 15, 2015 in Sasebo, Japan. The Henna Hotel, scheduled to open on July 17, features multi-lingual humanoid robots that greet visitors while other robots serve coffee and do the cleaning, as well as room doors that are opened by face-recognition technology. (Photo by Trevor Williams/WireImage)
SASEBO, JAPAN - JULY 15: A small robot in each room controls lighting and other features by voice command at the Henna Hotel (Weird Hotel) in Huis Ten Bosch, Netherlands themed amusement park on July 15, 2015 in Sasebo, Japan. The Henna Hotel, scheduled to open on July 17, features multi-lingual humanoid robots that greet visitors while other robots serve coffee and do the cleaning, as well as room doors that are opened by face-recognition technology. (Photo by Trevor Williams/WireImage)
SASEBO, JAPAN - JULY 15: A robotic concierge handles guests questions at the Henna Hotel (Weird Hotel) in Huis Ten Bosch, Netherlands themed amusement park on July 15, 2015 in Sasebo, Japan. The Henna Hotel, scheduled to open on July 17, features multi-lingual humanoid robots that greet visitors while other robots serve coffee and do the cleaning, as well as room doors that are opened by face-recognition technology. (Photo by Trevor Williams/WireImage)
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Only 72 rooms are available to the public, but the hotel hopes to double that by next year. If so, they're going to need to employ more machines that can move around -- other than porter-bot.

Assuming the Henn na Hotel is an equal opportunity employer, here's our short list of robots that should be offered jobs on the next round of hires.

Let's start with Honda's Asimo. First of all, why the hell isn't Asimo working there already? Asimo runs, climbs stairs and plays soccer for crying out loud! He'd be a hit.

There is at least one drawback, though. Hotel staff might have a hard time keeping Asimo on task because Asimo loves doing that hop-on-one-leg thing.

We're also recommending putting Pepper on the hotel staff. Pepper is a robot that reads facial expressions to tell how you're feeling and even tailor a conversation -- and Pepper can do it in 17 languages.

"He tries to make people happy," said Kaname Hayashi, SoftBank's project manager.

But Pepper is kind of a people pleaser. That's cool, because the robot is in the customer service department, but that kiss-ass routine is going to wear thin with Pepper's co-workers. Just keep it away from the raptor.

A bigger Henn na Hotel will also need robots to get around a little quicker than Asimo and Pepper. Spot from Boston Dynamics seems to be a pretty good candidate. Think about an emergency situation: Spot kicks it into high gear and is on the scene in no time.

Despite Spot's potential to be the perfect emergency bot, it runs the risk of being a punching -- or kicking -- bag for frustrated hotel guests.

All of the aforementioned robots are pretty spectacular, but they're still a little wet behind their circuits. Henn na needs an experienced robot. That's why Curiosity is our final recommendation.

The Curiosity rover could easily become employee of the month considering its resume -- it's been collecting and analyzing Martian material since 2012 and has a great social media presence.

The problem is Curiosity works alone and has been for a while, so it probably won't vibe well any of the other robots at the hotel. Add in the fact NASA is extending Curiosity's mission indefinitely, there's no telling when, or if, it'll ever pick up any shifts at the hotel.

Hire who you want, Henn na. Just make sure you don't let these guys anywhere near the entrance.

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