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Top 100 Robot Innovations in 2020

From Hospital-Based Robots to Autonomous Hotel Concierges

— January 16, 2021 — Tech
The widespread use of robots may seem like an idea of the future, but this list of 2020 robot innovations emphasizes that robots are already being integrated into the everyday lives of the consumer. Whether for novelty, convenience, or automation, robots can serve a variety of purposes that streamline roles previously led by humans.

Due to social distancing restrictions, robots played an even more important role than one could have anticipated. Some highlights from this list include the fleet of hospital-based robots that were employed in Wuhan to help minimize human interaction as COVID-19 continued to spread. This technology had the ability to take patients' temperatures, deliver food, and disinfect the facility. On a similar note, Hotel Trio leveraged robots to help its guests receive contactless wine deliveries. Autonomously navigating the halls, this robot could deliver alcohol alongside other necessities.
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Expressive Humanoid Robots
Expressive Humanoid Robots
Circulus' piBo is an Intuitive Robot Companion for the Home
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99
Autonomous Retail Cleaning Initiatives
Autonomous Retail Cleaning Initiatives
Schnuck Markets Inc. will Start Using Tennant Co.'s Robots
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98
Interactive Robotic Dog Toys
Interactive Robotic Dog Toys
Contixo's R2 Puppy Smart Boasts Many Features & a Clean Design
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97
Palm-Sized Pro Photography Drones
Palm-Sized Pro Photography Drones
The DJI Mini 2 Drone Works Over Six Miles of Range
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96
Remote Patient Screening Robots
Remote Patient Screening Robots
Boston Dynamics is Using Robots to Connect Patients with Doctors
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95
Robotic Trash Bins
Robotic Trash Bins
CleanRobotics' TrashBot Automatically Sorts Trash from Recycling
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94
Toilet Paper-Providing Robots
Toilet Paper-Providing Robots
The Charmin 'RollBot' Optimizes the Bathroom Experience at CES 2020
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93
Grocery-Scanning Robots
Grocery-Scanning Robots
Giant Eagle Created Autonomous Scanning Robots to Monitor Inventory
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92
Small Order Grocery Drones
Small Order Grocery Drones
Tesco is Partnering with Manna to Test Grocery Delivery Drones
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91
Realistic AI Avatars
Realistic AI Avatars
The AI Foundation Created an AI Version of Deepak Chopra
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90
Rule-Enforcing Retail Robots
Rule-Enforcing Retail Robots
Robovie Reminds Shoppers of In-Store COVID Regulations
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89
Self-Emptying Smart Vacuums
Self-Emptying Smart Vacuums
iRobot Added New Features to Its Automated Vacuums with the Roomba i3+
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88
Cardboard Telepresence Robots
Cardboard Telepresence Robots
The 'Smartipresence' Robot Has a Low-Cost Design
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87
Building Block Coding Toys
Building Block Coding Toys
Cody Block is a Screen-Free Coding Toy for Children
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86
AI-Driven Vacuum Robots
AI-Driven Vacuum Robots
ECOVACS' DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI Recognizes Common Household Objects
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85
Fully Automated Robofarms
Fully Automated Robofarms
AutoGreens is the World's First Fully Automated Robofarm
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84
Frog Cell-Based Living Robots
Frog Cell-Based Living Robots
Tufts University Scientists Pioneer the Xenobot as Tech Progress
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83
Robotic Pizza Services
Robotic Pizza Services
Piestro Has Partnered with Kiwibot for Contactless Pizza Takeaway Service
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82
Interactive Animalistic Classroom Robots
Interactive Animalistic Classroom Robots
The 'MiRo-E' Educational STEM Robot is Responsive
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81
Sloth-Like Conservation Robots
Sloth-Like Conservation Robots
The 'SlothBot' Monitors the Environment of the Atlanta Forest
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80
Robotically Enhanced Packaging Solutions
Robotically Enhanced Packaging Solutions
The IRB 390 FlexPacker™ is Expected to Launch Late 2020
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79
Open-Source Robot Code Releases
Open-Source Robot Code Releases
Boston Dynamics Released Open-Source Code for the 'Spot' Robot Dog
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78
Contactless Drone Deliveries
Contactless Drone Deliveries
Flirtey's Safe Delivery System Picks Up and Releases Parcels
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77
AI-Powered Lawn Care Robots
AI-Powered Lawn Care Robots
The 'Toadi' Autonomous Lawnmower Robot Streamlines Yard Work
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76
Programmable Dancing Robots
Programmable Dancing Robots
TOMY's Interactive Dancy Beatz Bot Reacts to Music and Sounds
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75
Autonomous Farm-Weeding Robots
Autonomous Farm-Weeding Robots
The ecoRobotix 'AVO' Makes Quick Work of Invasive Weeds
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74
Triple-Function Flying Drones
Triple-Function Flying Drones
The 'Fanfry' Flying Camera Fan Offers 12 Hours of Use Per Charge
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73
Artistic Training Robots
Artistic Training Robots
The 'DrawBo' Drawing Robot Tutor Guides Youngsters Along
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72
Intuitive Quad-Cleaning Robots
Intuitive Quad-Cleaning Robots
The Hobot LEGEE-688 Robot Mop Vacuum is Easy to Use
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71
Wine-Delivering Hotel Robots
Wine-Delivering Hotel Robots
Hotel Trio's Robot Named Rosé Offers a Touchless Wine Deliveries
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70
Intuitive Entertainment Robots
Intuitive Entertainment Robots
The Conceptual Xiaole Smart Robot Keeps Youngsters Engaged
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69
AI Robot Movie Stars
AI Robot Movie Stars
Erica the Robot Will Be Starring in an Upcoming Sci-Fi Movie
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68
Clog-Preventing Robotic Vacuums
Clog-Preventing Robotic Vacuums
The Haier TAB Vacuum Easily Captures Human and Pet Hair
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67
Weatherproof Enterprise-Grade Drones
Weatherproof Enterprise-Grade Drones
The DJI Matrice 300 RTK Aids with Maintenance and More
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66
Robotic Halloween Doors
Robotic Halloween Doors
Reese's Trick-or-Treat Door Safely Delivers Candy Directly to Doorsteps
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65
Smart Warehouse Robots
Smart Warehouse Robots
Geek+'s Robots Power Same-Day Deliveries for Nike in Japan
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64
Contactless Last-Mile Delivery Robots
Contactless Last-Mile Delivery Robots
The Conceptual EQ Delivery Pod is Efficient and Intuitive
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63
Personal Head Massagers
Personal Head Massagers
The LEROU Robot Simulates a Finger Massage on the Temples
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62
Foodservice Delivery Robots
Foodservice Delivery Robots
Bear Robotics' Servi Supports Safe Indoor Dining Experiences
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61
Voice-Recording Robot Toys
Voice-Recording Robot Toys
Hexbug's MoBots Let Kids Capture and Modify Their Voices
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60
Interactive Advertising Robots
Interactive Advertising Robots
The RoboAds 5G Telepresence Robot Has Mecanum Wheels and More
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59
Stabilized Emergency Support Drones
Stabilized Emergency Support Drones
The Sonin Hybrid Recruit Drone Can Travel Up to 140mph
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58
Collaborative Robot-Made Artwork
Collaborative Robot-Made Artwork
The NO CURVES x PROXIMARS 'ANDY_BOT' Comes in Two Sizes
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57
Swimming Dolphin Robots
Swimming Dolphin Robots
Edge Innovations' Realistic Dolphin May Replace Cetaceans in Captivity
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56
Methanol-Powered Micro Robots
Methanol-Powered Micro Robots
The 'RoBeetle' Has an Efficient, Beetle-Like Design
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55
Autonomous UVC Light Robots
Autonomous UVC Light Robots
MIT Researchers Created a Robot That Can Disinfect Large Spaces
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54
VR Exercise Exoskeletons
VR Exercise Exoskeletons
Samsung's GEMS Provides an Immersive Workout Experience
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53
AI-Powered Twin Camera Vacuums
AI-Powered Twin Camera Vacuums
The Roborock S6 MaxV Features ReactiveAI Technology
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52
Floor-Cleaning Pet Care Robots
Floor-Cleaning Pet Care Robots
The Conceptual 'Puro' Pet Care Robot Vacuum Keeps Dogs Company
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51
Cheese-Slicing Robots
Cheese-Slicing Robots
At CES 2020, AI Researchers Debuted a "Scraper Robot" That Handles Raclette
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50
Robot-Staffed Hospitals
Robot-Staffed Hospitals
CloudMinds Deploys 12 Sets of Robot to Help a Hospital in Wuhan
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49
Ultra-Speedy Photography Drones
Ultra-Speedy Photography Drones
The Autel Robotics EVO II PRO 6K Drone Has a Top Speed of 45mph
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48
Social Distance-Enforcing Robots
Social Distance-Enforcing Robots
The Spot Robot Will Monitor Parks for Social Distancing
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47
AI-Powered Robotic Vacuums
AI-Powered Robotic Vacuums
The Trifo 'Lucy' Home Vacuum Cleaner Handles Dirt and Security
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46
Advanced Robotics Coding Toys
Advanced Robotics Coding Toys
The iRobot Root rt0 Coding Robot Has 20 Reactive Sensors and More
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45
Playful Gaming Robots
Playful Gaming Robots
WowWee's MiP Arcade Supports Screen-Free Play & App-Connected Gaming
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44
Industrial Transportation Robots
Industrial Transportation Robots
The Omron LD-250 Robot Handles Up to 250kg Payloads
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43
Skeleton-Inspired Aerial Drones
Skeleton-Inspired Aerial Drones
The conceptual 'Skeleton Drone' is Lightweight Yet Strong
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42
Palm-Sized Robotic Dogs
Palm-Sized Robotic Dogs
The Petoi Bittle Robot Dog is Fun and Educational
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41
Graphical Programming Robots
Graphical Programming Robots
The 'Genibot' Introduces Kids Four and Up to Coding Concepts
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40
Professional Field-Ready Drones
Professional Field-Ready Drones
The Skydio X2 4K Camera Drone Has 100-Times Zoom and More
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39
All-in-One Kitchen Robots
All-in-One Kitchen Robots
The Moley Kitchen Robot Cooks and Cleans Up Afterward
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38
Autonomous Robot Delivery Startups
Autonomous Robot Delivery Startups
Cartken is an Autonomous Delivery Company Focusing on Low-Costs
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37
Video Game-Inspired Prosthetics
Video Game-Inspired Prosthetics
The 'Hero Arm' was Created by Open Bionics with Konami
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36
Power-Assist Cargo Carts
Power-Assist Cargo Carts
The 'AIRCART' Carries Up to 100kg of Gear with Ease
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35
Slim Noninvasive Robot Vacuums
Slim Noninvasive Robot Vacuums
The JNC Teeny Tiny Robot Vacuum Cleaner is Powerful
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34
Multifunctional Familial Robots
Multifunctional Familial Robots
The 'Misa' Family Robot Works for Play, Communication and More
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33
Robotic Exoskeleton Designs
Robotic Exoskeleton Designs
German Bionic Created the Fourth-Generation of the Cray X Exoskeleton
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32
Biomimetic Flying Bird Robots
Biomimetic Flying Bird Robots
Festo Created Biomimetic Robots with a Bird-Like Feather Design
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31
Autonomous Electric Lawn Mowers
Autonomous Electric Lawn Mowers
Graze Mowing's Next-Gen Model Introduces the Future of Lawn Care
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30
Short-Distance Transport Pods
Short-Distance Transport Pods
The Conceptual 'OTO' Autonomous Shared Vehicle is Easily Accessed
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29
Contactless Delivery Robots
Contactless Delivery Robots
Starship Technologies is Releasing Its Delivery Robots to New Cities
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28
Package Delivery Drone Partnerships
Package Delivery Drone Partnerships
UPS Flight Forward Has Partnered with Wingcopter
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27
Snake-Like Robotic Vacuums
Snake-Like Robotic Vacuums
This Conceptual Folding Robot Vacuum Easily Moves Around the Home
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26
Pandemic-Prompted Robot Food Deliveries
Pandemic-Prompted Robot Food Deliveries
Rappi Began Using Robots to Deliver Food Amid COVID-19
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25
Humanoid Robot Servers
Humanoid Robot Servers
Dadawan Employs Robots to Carry Food and Drinks to Diners
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24
Hands-On STEAM Toys
Hands-On STEAM Toys
Matatalab Debuts Its New Coding Robot for Ages Three and Up at CES 2020
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23
Automated Parcel Delivery Robots
Automated Parcel Delivery Robots
The Conceptual 'Delivery Droid' Has Been Tested by Australia Post
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22
Interactive Robotic Sci-Fi Toys
Interactive Robotic Sci-Fi Toys
The Hasbro Star Wars The Child Animatronic Edition is Adorable
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21
Avalanche Search-and-Rescue Drones
Avalanche Search-and-Rescue Drones
The 'Powderbee' Drone is Compact, Lightweight and Efficient
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20
Autonomous Cityscape Sweeper Vehicles
Autonomous Cityscape Sweeper Vehicles
This Future Street Cleaning System Keeps Cities Clean
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19
Autonomous Car Brand Lawnmowers
Autonomous Car Brand Lawnmowers
The Conceptual 'Tesla G' Lawnmower Makes Quick Work of Lawn Care
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18
Self-Emptying Robot Vacuums
Self-Emptying Robot Vacuums
The XCLEA H30 Plus Has a Two-in-One Design
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17
Generative-Designed Construction Tools
Generative-Designed Construction Tools
Stanley Black & Decker Pushed the Envelope with New Design
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16
Robotic Grocery Deliveries
Robotic Grocery Deliveries
Save Mart Created a Contactless Robotic Grocery Delivery Service
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15
Futuristic Healthcare Vehicles
Futuristic Healthcare Vehicles
The Manyone 'NemBot' Autonomous Robotic Vehicle is Well-Equipped
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14
Private Passenger Drones
Private Passenger Drones
The Conceptual 'KITE' Drone Offers Space for Four Passengers
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13
Educational Family Robots
Educational Family Robots
Clicbot is a Family-Friendly Robot That Teaches Kids to Code
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12
Microplastic-Collecting Drones
Microplastic-Collecting Drones
The 'Draper' Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Works to Clean the Ocean
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11
Automated Floor-Washing Robots
Automated Floor-Washing Robots
The Everybot Edge Scrubs Surfaces in a Simple, Noninvasive Manner
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10
Smart Cooking Robots
Smart Cooking Robots
Else Labs' 'Oliver' Conveniently Cooks Meals from Its Expansive Library
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9
Imaginative DIY Robot Kits
Imaginative DIY Robot Kits
The 'Animate' Creative Robot Kit Comes with a Range of Components
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8
UVC Disinfection Robots
UVC Disinfection Robots
The Z4E0 Disinfection Robot Vacuum Cleaner is Compact and Versatile
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7
Automated Kitchen Robots
Automated Kitchen Robots
Miso Robotics' ROAR is a Cost-Effective Assistant in the Kitchen
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6
No-Contact Robotic Restaurants
No-Contact Robotic Restaurants
KFC Opened a No-Contact "Restaurant of the Future" in Russia
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5
Bookstore Assistance Robots
Bookstore Assistance Robots
The 'AROUND B' Robot Carries Books for Browsing and Purchasing
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4
Cute Desktop Companion Robots
Cute Desktop Companion Robots
The 'Emo' AI Desktop Pet Has a Neural Network Processor
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3
Self-Driving Target Practice Robot
Self-Driving Target Practice Robot
The 'MaeGo' Shooting Game Robot Has LiDAR Technology and More
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2
Gourmet Pizza Vending Machines
Gourmet Pizza Vending Machines
Basil Street Uses Robotics to Serve Fresh, Thin-Crust Pizzas
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1
Fully Automated Pizzerias
Fully Automated Pizzerias
Piestro Makes Fully Integrated Cooking Systems and Dispensers
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