Remotely-Controlled Robots Let The Physically Disabled Serve Cafe Guests
Dawn ver. Beta Cafe is employing robot waiters that allow employees with physical disabilities to operate them from home
A cafe in Tokyo will soon be employing more people with disabilities, thanks to a special robot that can be operated remotely. Its features allow people to control it from their own homes, even by just moving their eyes, and gives them a chance to work that they might not have had otherwise.
The robot, named OriHime-D, streams live to the employee’s computer or tablet from its built-in camera and speaker, weighs 44 lbs and measures 3.9 ft. A demonstration in August showed the robot being controlled by a man who suffers autophagic vacuolar myopathy, a disease that atrophies the skeletal muscles. People with ALS can also use it.
Japan is known for its use of robots in many aspects of everyday life, from remote work to elderly care. The development company Ory Laboratory will be opening its own cafe with robot waiters in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.