It seems like every other week a new robot restaurant opens in China. Meanwhile, you know who hasn’t opened a robot restaurant in basically forever? America. That’s right. Forget our students’ math test scores and our number of fighter jets, China is eating our lunch in the only area that really matters. And that…
The robot waiter has arrived! In China. At one restaurant. Yes, the robot waiter has been the promise of the future for decades. But just like humanoid robotics as a whole, it has yet to get past the novelty phase. It's nearly the year 2015 and sadly we're still waiting for robot waiters to go mainstream.
Flying quadcopters are scheduled to start serving customers in Singapore restaurants by the end of next year. Sounds great, but do we still need to leave a tip?
In 1983 Pasadena, you could have Chinese food delivered to your table by robot. Yes, it seemed the future of robot servants had finally arrived — or it would have, if the robots weren't so much trouble.
In 1983, a Chinese fast-food restaurant in Pasadena, California hired a curious-looking pair of servers: two robots named Tanbo R-1 and Tanbo R-2.
There are plenty of companies working on robo-slaves, but this simplified version that balances using an "inverted pendulum" makes a lot of sense. Why create an elaborate humaoid-robot when all you need is a tray? It may be a while before we actually see anything like this implemented, but at least we can rely on R/C…