Published on : Wednesday, January 31, 2018
H.I.S. Co’s new Henn Na Cafe (strange cafe) in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward will mark a robotic arm and an automated coffee maker in the store. This move will adjoin to the series of services using robots, including at the Henn Na Hotel (strange hotel) in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, where a dinosaur robot welcomes guests at the front desk.
At the Shibuya cafe customers will be greeted by the United States-made robot, which has an attached screen showing facial expressions. To order a drink, the customers first need to buy a ticket at a vending machine.
The robot then scans a QR code on the ticket to process the order. The robotic barista grabs a paper cup and moves it toward the coffee machine before pressing a start button.
The robot then places the finished drink on a reception counter. The ¥320 ($3) cups of coffee take three to four minutes to be served. The artificial intelligent robot can also discard coffee beans and clean filters.