The Westin Houston Medical Center | First Hotel in the U.S. to deploy ‘Virus Killing Robots’

24-3-2020

  • Lightstrike Germ-Zapping Robots at the Westin Houston Medical CenterLightstrike Germ-Zapping Robots at the Westin Houston Medical Center

The Westin Houston Medical Center is the first and only hotel in the U.S. to utilize LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots™ to sanitize and disinfect its guest rooms and common areas to help combat the threat of coronavirus. The room disinfection technology, provided by San Antonio-based Xenex Disinfection Services, was developed by two epidemiologists in Houston, with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as their first customer. The Westin Houston Medical Center purchased two of the decontaminating Robots, which are already at work sanitizing rooms inside the building.

In these times of stress about the spread of COVID-19 amongst travellers worldwide, these virus killing robots are an interesting new cleaning product for hotels. The Westin Houston Medical Center pioneers one of the hospitality industry’s response to COVID-19.   read more

Inspiration from 2018 | Robots

29-7-2019

  • Robot YO2D2Yotel Boston

In the Netherlands restaurants, hotels and bars face a big shortage of staff!  Many hospitality entrepreneurs will sometimes miss a robot in service! We wonder when we will see robots in the Dutch hospitality industry?

YOTEL, the affordable luxury hotel brand, announces their new hire in their Boston hotel, YO2D2. The Seaport hotel is known for its of-the-moment technology offerings which include super-fast (and free) WiFi, self-service check-in via mobile app and sleek cabins with SmartBeds™ and Technowalls. With this latest tech enhancement, guests can look forward to receiving amenities from and taking selfies with YOTEL’s newest crew member, YO2D2.

Would you like to eat in a robot-run restaurant? Or would you prefer a restaurant in which the waiter is being helped by a robot that helps them carry your food? Bear Robotics is designed not to replace human waiters but to act as an assistant. Korean restaurant Kang Nam Tofu House in Milpitas, California is the first to try out Bear Robotics.

Spyce is a Boston-based restaurant, founded by MIT graduates and backed by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud. At Spyce, robots produce healthy fast food at affordable prices. At the newly-opened establishment all bowls start at USD 7.50, the prices are lower than at similar restaurants as robots save on human labor expenses and the robots work fast! The robots prepare your meal in 2 minutes and as you can watch in the video underneath the article, they even clean up their own mess!

Tipsy Robot | Robots are making cocktails in Las Vegas

28-6-2017

‘Tipsy Robot’, a bar only operated by robots will open on the 30th of June at The Miracle Mile Shops in Las Vegas. The robots at ‘Tipsy Robot’ exactly know how to make personalized cocktails. read more

DoorDash | Makes food delivery more convenient using robots

13-6-2017

DoorDash is an on-demand restaurant food delivery services connecting customers with local businesses, now also by using robots. The company founded in 2013, is only to be found in the United States and Canada but their goal is to bring their services to every corner of the world. read more

Domino’s Pizza robots are going to deliver pizzas

12-5-2017

Starship Technologies, the company that develops robots that can deliver independent products, has announced that their robots will deliver pizzas in different European cities. This in collaboration with  Domino’s Pizza Enterprises (DPE), Domino’s Pizza’s leading franchisee in for example the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The ‘Domino’s Pizza robots’ project is part of the DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit)-framework, an initiative that works towards the ‘goal’ of delivering pizzas by using robots. read more

In Japan the Hen-na hotel will be staffed entirely by robots

9-2-2015

The Hen-na hotel, will be staffed with robot receptionists, porters, cleaners and waitresses. So if you’re interested in robotic service, you will have to wait till this summer to be able to sleep in this hotel.

The Hen-na hotel has a Dutch touch

The Hen-na hotel (which means ‘strange’ in Japanese) is located at the ‘Huis Ten Bosch’ theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki. Check out the above placed video, showing you our Dutch buildings, canals, streets and the replica of the royal palace in The Hague, in Japan!

Staffed entirely by robots

This is how it works – on your arrival, you will be greeted exclusively by a robot, you will hand over your luggage to robotic porters and check in at a front desk, staffed with blinking robots, reported The Japan Times.

The main objective of this technology is to reduce labor costs. Of course the hotel will use the latest in facial recognition technology and allow guests to open their door by simply presenting themselves in front of their room, without a key. The president Hideo Sawada promised the ‘most efficient hotel in the world’ when announcing the new hotel in a news conference. The accommodation at the hotel will cost approximately $60 per night.

We couldn’t find interesting pictures or video’s about the Hen-na hotel yet, except for this one. That’s why we choose to place a video about the ‘Huis Ten Bosch’ theme park in Japan.

Robots manage restaurant

12-12-2014

A restaurant owner in China completely replaced his staff by robots.

Robots manage restaurant

Recently we wrote an article about flying robotic waiters in Singapore. The flying robotic waiters are created to help the waiters with difficult tasks. Lu Dike from China has a different mindset and lets robots serve his whole restaurant. The restaurant is located in Zheijang, a province in China. Lu Dike is convinced that it will save him a lot of money in the future. The robots are able to formulate 40 sentences which allows them to take orders from customers and transmit the orders to the kitchen. The robots have sensors that prevent them from bumping into something.

Trends we spotted | Week 17

29-4-2022

  • Trends we spotted
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters partnered with Oatly to serve first-annual ‘Earth Day Latte’Stumptown Coffee Roasters partnered with Oatly to serve first-annual ‘Earth Day Latte’
  • Accor opens Jo&Joe Hotels in ChinaAccor opens Jo&Joe Hotels in China
  • Accor opens Jo&Joe Hotels in ChinaAccor opens Jo&Joe Hotels in China
  • Accor opens Jo&Joe Hotels in ChinaAccor opens Jo&Joe Hotels in China

At horecatrends.com we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

With this week links to articles about amongst others Château Galoupet in France, they produce exceptional sustainable rosé and Accor, Ennismore and Country Garden’s Funyard will develop more than a thousand JO&JOE hotels in China.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters partnered with Oatly to serve first-annual ‘Earth Day Latte’ and we can imagine the Pearlsuites by Pierpaolo Lazzarini at our Dutch lakes!

A 50-Pin Challenge with Bowling at the Kabukicho’s Shinjuku Copa Bowl, inspiration for other Bowling centers? And in Amsterdam the Anatara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky recently reopened under the Anatara brand!

Spicy McNuggets return at some McDonald’s locations in the USA for a limited time only. What would your guests like to return on your menu? And a special initiative of chef Niko Romito, the ‘Niko Romito method’ it includes 7 techniques of ‘food transformation’, we spotted it in an Instagram post of the World Economic Forum.

The Fazer Xylitol factory has started operations in Lahti, Finland. The new state-of-the-art factory showcases a unique example of circular economy – a patented process transforms upcycled oat hulls into sustainable xylitol.

Last year restaurant Eleven Madison Park (***) switched to an entirely plant-based menu, and now Daniel Humm starts delivering its green ethos to home kitchens: Eleven Madison Home. And in Berlin Domino’s pizza delivers pizza with robots which are using the sidewalks.

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Trends we spotted | Week 9

4-3-2022

  • The Connaught GrillThe Connaught Grill
  • The Connaught GrillThe Connaught Grill
  • Trends we spotted

At horecatrends.com we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

With this week links to articles about Deliveroo that opened its first real restaurant in London, Pizza Paradiso. Do you wonder why?

 The award ceremony of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 in July moves from Moscow to London. And Ikea opened its first city centre shopping mall in west London, Livar.

Also in London: the reopening of The Connaught Grill. Another opportunity to taste the cuisine of Jean-Georges Vongerichten. And European aparthotel operator Staycity has opened a new-build property at Germany’s Frankfurt Airport this month, its third opening in Germany, bringing its total apartment count up to 5,000 in 30 properties at 14 European destinations.

Being able to get a pizza from a vending machine 24/7: Resto’Clock currently installs about 30 vending machines per month in France and Belgium. We also came across BistroBox in Austria where you can pull a pizza from the machine within 2 minutes.

The #KentuckyFriedGivingChallenge in America is a good example of involving young guests in ‘a good cause’ via TIKTOK®. And in the field of sustainability, we came across the Norwegian material science company B’ZEOS. They are working with international companies to replace single-use plastics with seaweed-based alternatives.

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SavorEat | Personalized plant-based 3D printed hamburgers made by a chef robot

24-2-2022

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  • SavorEatSavorEat
  • SavorEatSavorEat

An ordering app as your waiter and a robot as your chef! More and more examples of these two items are spotted worldwide. The app is common use now and robots are spotted in restaurants as well. They’re an asset at the moment you can’t find enough staff. But we now spotted an Israeli foodtech firm SavorEat that combines it all. Customers order their personalized plant-based hamburger through an app and their robot will 3D print it and cook it to their preferences.

The robot chef of SavorEat is a technological solution to digitally manufacture meat alternatives from non-GMO plant-based proteins, according to individual tastes. They focus on consumer’s needs and are putting the individual front and center. This approach puts the company in the new future of the Food Industry while offering solutions for fast-moving kitchens. The robot chef has been unveiled in collaboration with the Israeli hamburger chain BBB (Burgus Burger Bar). They also connected with Sodexho, which feeds students at major US universities, to start trial the system this year.

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