A café has opened in Japan, where three different types of robots work alongside the human staff to serve and entertain customers.
SoftBank Robotics has unveiled the Pepper PARLOR, a café of the future employing robotic and autonomous robots.
“The aim is to create a space where people can easily experience the coexistence of people and robots and enjoy the evolution of robots and the future of living with robots,” the company said. “We want to make robots not only for convenience and efficiency but also to expand the possibilities of people and bring happiness.”
The three variations of robots include Pepper, the semi-humanoid robot that does most of the interacting with customers and can greet and take their orders; The NAO robots are charged with entertaining, showcasing dance moves for the patrons as they dine or drink; and finally, Whiz, the autonomous vacuum robot cleans up the floors once everyone has left.