Robot waiters are not a new concept in the technology sphere. They are already used in several cafes, such as Naulo restaurant in Nepal which has employed three humanoid waiters called ‘Gingers’. However, a startup Ory Lab has taken this concept to brand new level.
This month a Dawn Ver Beta cafe was opened up Tokyo, Japan for two weeks. It used Orly Lab’s robots to serve customers and the most brilliant part about the cafe is that all of the robots were remotely controlled by severely disabled people, for the sole purpose of helping disabled people gain more independence in their lives.
本月，一家名为Dawn Ver Beta的咖啡馆在日本东京开张满两周了。它使用Orly Lab的机器人为顾客服务，咖啡馆最精彩的地方在于，所有的机器人都是由严重残疾的人远程控制的，唯一的目的就是帮助残疾人在生活中获得更多的独立性。
There were 10 people working at the cafe. The employees suffered from diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other spinal cord injuries. They operated 4-foot robots called OriHime-D, from their home and were paid 1,000 yen ($9) per hour.
The robots were controlled with the help of a computer which tracks the eye movements of bed-bound people. It allowed them to move robots, make them pick up objects and even talk to customers. Essentially, disabled people had the ability to use these robots as ‘proxies’. “I want to create a world in which people who can’t move their bodies can work too,“ said Kentaro Yoshifuji, CEO of Ory Lab. Inc.
这些机器人被电脑远程控制的，电脑可以跟踪卧床病人眼球的运动。允许他们移动机器人，让他们拿起物品，甚至与客户交谈。从本质上说，残疾人能够使用这些机器人作为“代理“。“我想创造一个不能移动身体的人也能工作的世界，“Ory Lab. Inc.首席执行官吉富士健太郎这样说。
However this cafe, as its name suggests, was only in the beta stage for a couple of weeks. The creators are still raising funds to open the cafe permanently for 2020.