Some restaurants are already adopting robot servers, but cafe Dawn ver.β in Tokyo blends human interaction with robotic service. The cafe currently features five OriHime-D robot waiters, which are used to take orders and serve people, but the robots do not act independently. Instead, each of the five robots is controlled remotely so people with disabilities, spinal cord injuries, or diseases like ALS can work and operate the robots from home.
The unique concept driving cafe Dawn ver.β stems from a collaboration between Nippon Foundation, ANA Holdings Inc., and Ory Lab Inc. The idea behind this collaboration was to use technology to help people confined to home get back into the workforce. Employees operating the robots currently receive minimum wage, while also allowing home-bound people to connect with other people.
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