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.