Published on Monday, June 27, 2011

Hotel replaces porters with robot







A New York hotel has become the first to employ a robot to take care of its guests' luggage.

The Yotel on 42nd Street and Tenth Avenue has installed a 20ft-tall robotic arm, called the Yobot, to transfer suitcases to lockers.

According to reports in the Daily Mail, the boss of the 669-room hotel Gerard Greene calls it the 'iPod of the hotel industry'.

The pod-style rooms are 170 square feet and have been designed by aircraft designers to make them feel larger.




Yotel check-in


Until now, Yotel has only opened hotels at airports and already has properties at Heathrow, Gatwick and Amsterdam Schiphol.

 



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