Robot Tour Guides at Landmark Tower in Yokohama


Robot Tour Guides at Landmark Tower, which is Yokohama’s Tallest Skyscraper, have joined the tourism team. The new futuristic assistants act as tour guides inside and around the floor of the building. Hitachi, the electronics manufacturer is responsible for creating the new artificial droids.

Fuji TV reported that the robots have been operating for the past week, to support the booming influx of tourists. One robot is wandering the second floor of the building’s ticketing area. Meanwhile, three more are circling the grounds of level 69 near the observation deck.

Hitachi's EMIEW3 robot
Photo source: HITACHI

These little red creations are 90cm tall and called EMIEW3. They roam the building’s floor on wheels, to help them get around more easily. They have sensors to pick-up approaching people, and that prompts them to interact with the incoming person.

The droids are proficient in Japanese, English and Chinese. They will also learn Korean shortly too. The intelligent little bots introduce different sightseeing spots that can be seen from the deck. They will also test people’s local knowledge with games and quizzes and engage in simple conversation with tourists.

To seem even more adorable, every hour they also show off their dancing prowess. Specifically, the little droids will move in sync with each other to perform a special bot choreography.

Landmark Tower is a short walk from Yokohama’s Sakuragicho Station.


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