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Robotic Restaurant Servers

The Harbin, Heilongjiang Robot Restaurant in China is the Future

— June 28, 2012 — Tech
Automation has been seen as both a blessing and a curse in modern times, but some, namely the people of Harbin, Heilongjiang in China, lean more toward the former.

One restaurant in China is taking the path to full automation. The move is more than a mere gimmick: the restaurant features 18 colourful robots that perform various tasks, such as waiting tables, cleaning up after guests and even preparing the food. These delightful droids are equipped with motion-sensing technology to help them find their way around the restaurant. They are also highly personable, able to express up to 10 facial expressions and even speak in and understand simple Chinese phrases.

While they might lack the charm of human waiters, these droids could herald a new era of fully automated dining.
Trend Themes
1. Full Automation in Dining - The use of robots to perform various tasks in a restaurant could lead to a fully automated dining experience.
2. Enhanced Robotic Interactions - Robots equipped with motion-sensing technology and the ability to express facial expressions and understand human language could revolutionize human-robot interactions.
3. Integration of Robotics in Hospitality - The integration of robots in the hospitality industry, specifically in restaurants, could lead to increased efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Industry Implications
1. Restaurant Industry - The use of robots in restaurants could disrupt the traditional role of human waiters and transform the dining experience.
2. Robotics Industry - The development of advanced robotic technologies for the service industry presents opportunities for innovation and growth.
3. Hospitality Industry - The integration of robotics in the hospitality industry, including hotels and restaurants, could improve operational efficiency and guest experiences.
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