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At Alibaba’s Shanghai restaurant you may meet the robot waiter, these robots will serve you via the Hema app. Hema app tells customers where to sit in the restaurant and is used to pay for meals as well as to order more food once seated. Once the food is ready, small pod-like robots scurry out on shiny tracks to deliver it straight to the table.
It is indicated that it would open up 1,000 completely robot-run restaurants by 2020. And for what it’s worth, Google recently invested $500 million in JD.com.
As mentions in the website thespoon.tech “But the Hema opening also shows how robot restaurants are opening around the globe. While they are a novelty right now, they will quickly become the norm. Here in the U.S., Spyce Kitchen’s robot restaurant whips up bowls of food, Creator makes a $6 hamburger and Cafe X just opened up its first sidewalk robot barista-in-a-box. Over in France, EKIM is busy building out its robot pizzaiolo, and in Japan, robots are making street food”.
How Does Robot Waiter Work?
- There are a few factors contributing to this rise of the restaurant robot. First, robots can run all day without a break, and in places where labor is tight, robots could be increasingly necessary.
- Second, robotics and AI are getting more evolved and developing technologies to better handle the different shapes and textures of food.
- And while this automation will impact the number of jobs available to millions of people, robots can also take over the menial, sometimes dangerous and repetitive jobs, freeing people up for higher-skilled labor.
“Everything is transparent and digital”. “Consumers can trace their dish at any time. The chef’s productivity is also traceable and easy to manage. It also lets us standardize and replicate the process at other robot restaurants in the future.”
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