A cafe in Japan will soon use robots waiters that are controlled by disabled employees who would otherwise not be able to work.
How many of you long for a day where you'll no longer have to commute to and from work each day and simply access the office from home? We don't mean sit at a computer and do the work you would be doing at the office, we're talking about a physical presence that takes your place that you can control from the comfort of your own living room or home office.
For many of us that is simply a luxury that we like to dream about. For others that advancement is a necessity. Those who are disabled or have illnesses that mean they can't necessarily get the jobs that they want, and in some cases can't work at all. Well, a cafe in Tokyo, Japan is about to change all that.
As reported by Engadget, the cafe in question is introducing robot waiters to its establishment, but they're not your average robots or your average waiters. The Dawn ver. Beta cafe will be controlled by disabled users, those who are unable to find employment elsewhere. Nozomi Murata, who suffers from autophagic vacuolar myopathy, gave us a sneak peek into how the robots work via a demonstration last month.
Even employees who are completely paralyzed will be able to use the robots as they come equipped with an eye-tracking input capability, pretty remarkable. The robots and their users will get their first real outing on November 26, 2018, during a pilot run that will take place on weekdays between then and December 7, 2018. However, the ultimate goal is to have a full-time cafe in place before the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.
Japan is often viewed as a step or two ahead of everyone else when it comes to technology, and that is no different when it comes to the country's robots helping those who are less able. In addition to this robot waiter idea, Japan already uses robots to enable workers who are off sick to continue working, just like the dream scenario we discussed before, and also to keep elderly people company when no one else is around.