1 // Hotel
Japan’s robot-staffed Henn-na Hotel brand is expanding with a further three this year in Tokyo, Aichi and Osaka. From March, Tokyo Disney Resort will open with a front desk manned by a fembot and dinosaur in a bellhop hat and bowtie. Store luggage with a robotic arm or ask the porter-bot to bring it to your room where facial recognition tech replaces archaic keycards.
2 // Suitcase
Travelmate Robotics has created the first autonomous suitcase, which follows owners by tracking their smartphone locations, rolling around at a speed of up to almost 7mph. Available from June, it’s as loyal as a pet puppy — just don’t lose your phone. RRP: $399 (£321).
3 // Exhibition
London’s Science Museum’s latest exhibition, which opened in February, explores our 500-year obsession with automatons. ‘Robots’ features over a hundred pieces, including a 16th-century mechanical monk and one of the first bipedal bots. Don’t miss a ‘Robots’-themed Lates on 28 June.
Go with the flow
Published in the March 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)