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In a post-coronavirus world, hotels could be staffed by robots โ€“ IAM Network

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Humanoid robot Pepper is placed at the lobby area of a hotel in Tokyo reserved for coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms. Researchers say they could soon be undertaking all front and back of house activities in hotels to help the industry from the coronavirus crisis. These include cooking hamburgers and cleaning floors, as well as serving cocktails, checking in hotel guests, and delivering items to hotel rooms. They say the development of service robots are anticipated to increase efficiency and productivity of hotel activities. The team from the University of Surrey spoke to 19 different hotel HR experts to identify the key trends and major challenges that will emerge in the next ten years.


Pepper the robot comforts coronavirus patients being quarantined at Tokyo hotels

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms are quarantined at hotels in Tokyo staffed by robots. Five hotels are around the city are using robots to help limit the spread, one being the world's first social humanoid Pepper. 'Please, wear a mask inside,' it says in a perky voice to welcome those moving into the hotel and also offers words of support - 'I hope you recover as quickly as possible.' Other facilities have employed AI-powered robots that disinfect surfaces to limit the need of human workers who are at risk of being exposed. Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms are quarantined at hotels in Tokyo staffed by robots.


Tokyo unveils robots that will serve coronavirus patients at hotels

FOX News

Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips is the chief clinical officer and executive vice president for Providence St. Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Tokyo will use robots to attend to coronavirus patients housed in local hotels. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government unveiled two robots on Friday at the Apa Hotel & Resort in the capital's Sumida ward. The Apa Hotel is one of five hotels in Tokyo that the metropolitan government is renting to house hospital patients with no or mild symptoms of COVID-19. Doctors and nurses attend the guests at the hotel, but the government hopes that the Softbank-developed robots will help to cheer up the otherwise isolated guests.


Robots on hand to greet Japanese coronavirus patients in hotels - Reuters

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Coronavirus patients with light symptoms arriving to stay at several Tokyo hotels are likely to get a lift from a pleasant surprise - a robot greeter in the lobby. Japan is now using hotels to house patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus but whose symptoms are too light to need hospitalisation, and several in the capital of Tokyo just opened on Friday feature robots to help lighten the burden on nurses. In one, a big-eyed robot named "Pepper" - appropriately wearing a protective mask - stood waiting to welcome visitors. "Please, wear a mask inside," it said in a perky voice. "I hope you recover as quickly as possible."


Robots on Hand to Greet Japanese Coronavirus Patients in Hotels

U.S. News

Japan is now using hotels to house patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus but whose symptoms are too light to need hospitalisation, and several in the capital of Tokyo just opened on Friday feature robots to help lighten the burden on nurses.


Robots that will serve coronavirus patients at Tokyo hotels unveiled

The Japan Times

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Friday unveiled robots that will be used in two hotels housing those infected with the novel coronavirus. The metropolitan government aims to efficiently clean the hotels, which are to house asymptomatic patients or those with light symptoms, and lower the burden on staff members. The robots were unveiled at the Apa Hotel & Resort in the capital's Sumida Ward, and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike came to inspect them. One cylindrical robot is programed to hand lunch boxes to patients and clean the hotel lobby. Another robot, a humanoid, is designed to interact with patients.


Robots stand in for university students during graduation in Japan during the coronavirus pandemic

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Colleges around the world have been forced to shut down due to the coronavirus, but a group of students in Japan are not letting the pandemic ruin their graduation. Using Newme telepresensence robots, students attending Business Breakthrough (BBT) University in Tokyo were able to walk across the stage and accept their diploma, all while self-isolating at home. The robots were dressed in a cap and gown and fitted with tablets on their heads, allowing students to show their face using Zoom. Students who attended the graduation remotely operated the robots in what is deemed the'world's first' online graduation ceremony. Four students virtually walked across the stage at the Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo on March 28.


Demand for health gadgets soars amid lockdowns

The Japan Times

Hong Kong/Beijing/Seoul/Tokyo โ€“ Fitness-tracking gadgets are selling out, home exercise classes have never been more popular and robotics crews are pivoting to making sanitation robots. The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered a seismic wave of health awareness and anxiety, which is energizing a new category of virus-fighting tech. The fear of infection has accelerated the adoption of apps and wearables as a means to feel better protected. "Having accurate and immediate feedback about our body temperature, blood pressure and other health signals helps to restore people's sense of control," said Andy Yap, a social psychologist at the INSEAD business school. Consumers, insurers and health-care providers are all seeing the benefit of the gadgets, in a shift expected to persist long after the outbreak subsides.