Robot restaurant where machines cook and serve food to customers

A restaurant in Kunshan, China, employed a team of 15 androids to cook and deliver food. The cute side of the Robocalypse. 

The restaurant has a total of 15 robots in heights of 1.2 meters. Each robot costs 40,000 yuan (6500 US dollars).

As doormen, cooks and waiters, the robots can work continuously for eleven hours after a night charge, and are able to use 40 basic language expressions, such as welcoming sentences to customers.

Singular instance? Nope. There is another restaurant in Harbin, China with 18 robot workers and a fully automated japanese sushi restaurant.

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Reducing the Digital Distraction with Haptics: Featured Speaker Jack Lindsay

Haptics refers to tactile technology that recreates the sense of touch. Perhaps the most common example of haptics is your smartphone vibrating when you receive a notification. But vibrating phones are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this more natural interaction. 

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YO just wanna recommend tinkercad.com to you nerds out there!!!

My computer is too old to run most cad programs and I cant afford to upgrade my software. I found Tinkercad! It is VERY easy to learn (like wayyy easier than rhino just saying), it is FREE, and it runs online in your browser so there is no need to download anything!!! You can also import and export your files for 3D printing! It also works great just for viewing STL files!

I spent the last few days modeling files to print a set of animatronic eyes for my next robot! I’m making clear from DMMD because I like to cause myself emotional pain.

I’m trying to make a ghetto simplified 3D printed version of this sick build made by one of my favorite sfx artists! I would have bought that if I had 2 grand laying around. But the files I have created can all be printed and shipped for under $70!!! My sculpt fits 6 micro servo motors so that the eyes can blink, look up and down, and look side to side AND IT ALL FITS TO BE ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE AVERAGE HUMAN (veeery slightly bigger for the sake of ease).

I dunno if any of my followers are into building robots, but if you want to make your own set of eyes, id be willing to share my files for free (not recommended for beginners though) or take robotics commissions! Send me a note :)

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QRIO was a very advanced robot even by today’s standards! I really wish they’d gone commercial or that we knew where the few that were made ended up :(


7 Finger Robot

"The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. The robot, which the researchers have dubbed "supernumerary robotic fingers," or "SR fingers," consists of actuators linked together to exert forces as strong as those of human fingers during a grasping motion."

Robot tech, YES.

Exoskeleton Shipyard Workers

From Discover Magazine:

At [a] South Korean shipyard, lifting and moving massive slabs of metal as if they’re made of foam could soon be a basic job requirement for workers. Of course, they’ll have some help: robotic exoskeletons, which made their debut last year at the company’s manufacturing facility, are on the rise.

After successfully testing the exoskeletons last year, the shipbuilding giant hopes to soon outfit some of their employees with the technology, giving them the superhuman strength to take production to new heights, New Scientist reports. The prototypes tested allowed workers to pick up 65-pound objects and manipulate them with ease, but Daewoo plans to increase the exoskeletons’ carrying capacity to roughly 220 pounds with design improvements.

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Squishy Robots

"A new phase-changing material built from wax and foam developed by researchers at MIT is capable of switching between hard and soft states."

MIT researchers are trying to change the paradigm of your typical robot by mimicking organic substances. The idea is that the robot should be soft to conform to a particular environment, and interact with humans, though rigid enough to actually do a procedure. They can achieve this by applying heat at particular points to deform the object, then applying coolness to make the object rigid again. 

"Robots built from this material would be able to operate more like biological systems with applications ranging from difficult search and rescue operations, squeezing through rubble looking for survivors, to deformable surgical robots that could move through the body to reach a particular point without damaging any of the organs or vessels along the way."

The last gif is a example of bendable articulation. :D 

Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry
I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago. Or rather, I was in proximity to the future of work, but happened to be looking the other direction. At the time, I was visiting a space startup building satellites behind a carport. But just behind them—a robot was cooking up burgers. The inventors of the burger device? Momentum Machines, and they’re serious about fast food productivity. “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas has said. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.” The Momentum burger-bot isn’t remotely humanoid. You can forget visions of Futurama’s Bender. It’s more of a burger assembly line. Ingredients are stored in automated containers along the line. Instead of pre-prepared veggies, cheese, and ground beef—the bot chars, slices, dices, and assembles it all fresh. Why would talented engineers schooled at Berkeley, Stanford, UCSB, and USC with experience at Tesla and NASA bother with burger-bots? Robots are increasingly capable of jobs once thought the sole domain of humans—and that’s a huge opportunity. Burger robots may improve consistency and sanitation, and they can knock out a rush like nobody’s business. Momentum’s robot can make a burger in 10 seconds (360/hr). Fast yes, but also superior quality. Because the restaurant is free to spend its savings on better ingredients, it can make gourmet burgers at fast food prices. Or at least, that’s the idea. (via Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry | Singularity Hub)


What jobs are most and least susceptible to automation?

Most susceptible: Proofreaders, meter readers, butchers.
Least susceptible: Athletes, firefighters, railroad conductors.

As machines take on more human work, what’s left for us? We discuss.

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CGP Grey: Humans need not apply

Great video essay about automation and the pro/cons of robotic labor.  Highly recommended viewing.

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Jibo Wants To Be Your Family’s First Robot

We are dependent on our smartphones to do many things in our family life. These devices set reminders, take pictures, find recipes and let us communicate with one another. But even though they are an integral part of our lives, they don’t feel like part of the family. Meet Jibo, a connected personal assistant that adds a much needed personality to technology making it social. Jibo aims to be your family’s first robot and by the looks of how well it is doing on Indiegogo, there are a lot of family’s that can’t wait to welcome him home.  

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JPL’s RoboSimian

"Meet RoboSimian, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s official entry at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in December 2013. Also known as "Clyde," the robot is is four-footed, but can also stand on two feet. It has four general-purpose limbs and hands capable of both mobility and manipulation."

As more and more companies begin to explore these types of robotics their complexity and utility will grow exponentially. From exploring distant worlds like, Enceladus, which is sporting some sweet ass geysers and an ocean, to helping victims of disasters. :D

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Lego Mark VI Mindstorms Robotic Hand and Arm

Four independently motorized fingers controlled individually by four touch sensors; powered by one Mindstorms EV3.
Flair includes a mount for my cell phone (just for my convenience), a blue light-up bar, and 5 blue LEDs.

I wore this for 2 hours in low light during the “world of lights” event at BrickFair VA 2014 (all overhead lights in the expo hall turned off so lit-up MOCs could shine).
I also wore this for several hours during the public days, Saturday & Sunday, August 2nd & 3rd — shaking hands with attendees all day.

Physical build time: off & on for many evenings.
Programming time: 1 hour.
No I don’t have instructions written up to share.

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Video: Programmable self-assembly in a thousand-robot swarm.