There was no one home when Avisheh Madani arrived to tour a San Francisco rental property. No one human, that is.
Madani, 35, used a code from an app to unlock the door and was greeted immediately by a robot.
“It was definitely weird,” she said.
The robot, really a moveable video monitor, is the brainchild of Zenplace, a rental management company based in San Francisco and expanding quickly across the nation. The company developed the software itself, which doesn’t look like a classic robot, although it does have a face: the real face of the rental agent. Essentially it’s a roving screen showing a live person in another location.