‘iPod Of The Hotel Industry’ Has Robot Arm For Storing Luggage

‘iPod Of The Hotel Industry’ Has Robot Arm For Storing Luggage

Ever wondered what happened to Bjork’s robot arms? They’re hauling luggage in a Manhattan hotel, due to open on June 1. It’s yet another technological feature from Yotel, which dubiously called itself the “iPod of the hotel industry”.

A previous look at the Times Square hotel showed it resembled a Virgin America flight, but I don’t remember robot arms when I last flew with them, thankfully. Nonetheless, the purple mood lighting, flat-screen TVs, self-service check-ins and cramped interiors definitely swing it though,

The Yobot arm picks up luggage you drop off in the lobby, and can store it in a locker if you want to go sightseeing after checking out. On your return, you simply place a ticket into the system, and the Yobot retrieves your haul. It will cost $US2 to store each piece of luggage though, a service which is usually free at most hotels. I’m not sure that’s a price I’d be happy paying, but it’s got to be better than tripping up Manhattan natives on their daily commute. [Yotel via Cnet]