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Miami hotel reveals robot butler that can greet guests, deliver room service and even play your favorite song
Posted on: August 28, 2018

 

  • Yotelpad in downtown Miami employs three robot butlers to help with guests
  • The robots can bring more towels, deliver room service and provide directions
  • Machines are fitted with cameras and sensors to get around without humans
  • Yotel has put robo-bellhops in other locations, along with robot bag handlers 

A Miami hotel has hired a robot to handle room service. 

Yotelpad, a 30-story building that's part hotel, part condominium, is employing three robot butlers for guests and residents. 

The nearly four-foot-tall purple robots get around on wheels and feature a cute, smiling face on a screen that greets guests as they arrive. 

The machines can deliver room service, bring extra towels, give directions, chat with guests and play music. 

They can even use the elevator, according to the Miami Herald

It's programmed to say a variety of different greetings and responses. A touchscreen on the device is enabled to show several facial expressions. 

However, the robo-bellhops aren't likely to replace human employees anytime soon. 

They only move up to three miles per hour and aren't capable of carrying bags just yet.

'We see these robots like we see our other technology: an enhancement that doesn't go too far,' David Arditi, the hotel's developer, told the Herald. 

Singapore-based robotics firm Techmetics created the machines, which feature a range of sensors and cameras to get to and from each room. 

The robots are also fully automatic, meaning they require no human control or intervention.  

In addition to hospitality robots, Techmetics has also supplied machines to casinos, hospitals and factories.

The robo-bellhops don't currently have a name, but Yotelpad is hosting a social media campaign to find one, the Herald noted. 

Aside from robot butlers, Yotelpad has other futuristic devices for use by guests, including digital package delivery hubs, transit screens and self check-in kiosks. 

Yotel Boston features its own robot butler, aptly named Yo2D2, while New York and Singapore's Yotel locations have robot baggage handlers, called Yobots.  

Some Yotel properties also include adjustable smartbeds. 

Living with a robot butler doesn't come cheap, either. Studio residences start at $300,000, with one- and two-bedroom options costing more. 

Yotelpad isn't quite at the same level as the world's first robot-run hotel. 

Located in Japan, the Henn na Hotel, which translates in English to the Weird Hotel, has android robots that greet guests, deliver packages and serve coffee. 

An animatronic dinosaur, sporting a hat and a bowtie, welcomes guests at the reception desk and instructs them to push a button to check in. 

Additionally, a robot trolley will take guests' luggage to and from their rooms.

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