Yotel, a hotel in New York, now has a robot called the Yobot designed to help visitors with their luggage storage during their spare time before and after checkout. Guests carry their own bags up to their rooms.
On 13 June 2011, Yotel opened a hotel in New York City at 570 10th Ave, as a part of the $300 Million MiMA complex which includes residential units. Rockwell Group and Softroom designed the 669 rooms sized at 16 square metres each. Yotel New York has a multi-bar 370 m2 balcony, Terrace. The Yobot can carry up to 500 pounds and on a busy day handles roughly 300 pieces of luggage.
The Yotel concept came about when the founder was on a first-class flight and saw how it was possible to achieve a luxury feel in a compact space through the use of clever design and technology. The team enlisted the help of aircraft cabin designers Priestman Goode to design and build a prototype room known as a ‘cabin’.
Hotels have airline-style self-check-in kiosks and keyless entry, convertible double beds, adjustable mood lighting, and systems. Furthermore, the New York hotel is home to the YOBOT, the world’s first robotic luggage concierge that has become a tourist attraction in itself. The Yobot is placed behind a glass wall where hotel guests can watch it in action.
Guests simply need to approach a touchscreen and enter the number and size of their bags. The guest then types in a pin number and last name and places their luggage in a drop-off area. They are then given a receipt with a bar code on it that they can submit when they want to get their bags back from their assigned locker.
Luggage storage is just one of the computerized services offered by the hotel. Yotel says that roughly 95 percent of hotel check-ins are done electronically by Kiosk rather than at the front desk.
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