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Yobot: The Luggage Storing Robot

The mechanical arm at the Yotel in New York picks up guests' luggage and places them in storage lockers.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on May 13, 2011.

The Yotel in New York’s Times Square, due to open on June 1st, is full of high-tech gadgetry like touchscreen check-ins, retractable beds and mood lighting. It is also home to the Yobot, a robotic arm in the lobby of the hotel that stores guests’ luggage in lockers. Good for if you have extra bags you don’t want taking up space in your room or if you arrive earlier than your check-in time and don’t want to carry your luggage around town. The NYTimes describes the process:

Your bag goes on a slab that Yobot then picks up and slides into one of 133 lockers, usually with a flourish of dipping, twisting and other acrobatics. You get back a bar-coded ticket, which you insert into the system when you want Yobot to return your bags.

This service costs $2 a bag, call it the Yobot’s tip, and is easy to use so that anyone can operate it without any pre-training.

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[via HotelChatter]

Photo by Eric Michael Johnson/ NYTimes

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