Softbank's new food service robot Servi could replace waitstaff and food runners at restaurants
- Japanese company
Softbankdebuted Servi, a new food service robot.
- Softbank is the company behind humanoid robot Pepper and the owner of Boston Dynamics.
- Servi has already worked at Denny's and other restaurants amid Japan's labor shortage.
Servi will act as a waiter, with the ability to carry food and drinks from the kitchen to tables. It will use 3D cameras and
When Servi launches, companies can lease the robot for $950 per month over a three year period. It's made by Bear Robotics in California, which also produced a Servi Mini for serving drinks. The full-size Servi has two trays and a bus tub, while the Servi Mini has one tray and one tub. Both can be controlled by an attached touchscreen or external tablet.
Earlier this year, Bear
Softbank's most famous humanoid robot, Pepper, has also been used throughout the pandemic as a greeter and to ease loneliness among mild COVID-19 cases in Japan. Versions of the robot are also helping customers remain a safe distance apart in German grocery stores, while its Whiz cleaning vacuum robot has been used in hotels and other sites.
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