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Dawn of the planet of machines: ‘Made-in-Vietnam’ robot serving coffee in Hanoi

Monday, December 18, 2017, 13:54 GMT+7

Located on Pho Lac Trung Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, a coffee shop called Robocafe has lived up to its name: having its coffee served by a robot.

The futuristic staff member, which is 1.3 meters high and weighs about 20 kilograms, can function continuously for 15 hours.

The robot was created at a cost of more than VND200 million (US$8,780) and can speak several sentences.

“One of us went to a coffee shop in Japan where robots served coffee. Then we asked ourselves ‘Why don’t we have one like this in Vietnam?’” said Hoang Quoc Anh, manager at Robocafe.

With one of the three investors being an engineer, the group created the robot themselves.

The final product is a result of nine months of hard work.  

The robot is programmed to move along a metal line on the floor and bring drinks to the customers.

It is also accompanied by high-tech surroundings, making the coffee shop look like a time machine.

“This blue robot is so adorable. This is the first time I have been served by a robot. It feels modern and intelligent, especially in a high-tech era like this,” commented Nguyen Thi Thu Huyen, a first-time comer.

The group plans to make more robots in the future.

The robot can work continuously for 15 hours. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The robot can work continuously for 15 hours. Photo: Tuoi Tre
After reaching the customer’s table, the robot will say: “Please take you drinks.” Photo: Tuoi Tre
After reaching the customer’s table, the robot will say: “Please take you drinks.” Photo: Tuoi Tre
A touch screen allows the bartender to control the robot. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A touch screen allows the bartender to control the robot. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Two drinks can be served at once. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Two drinks can be served at once. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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