China's Robot Restaurant Serves Hot Pot with Cold Steel
The waitstaff at the Dalu Robot Restaurant in Jinan, China, won't complain about a too-small tip, won't forget to list the specials and won't favor one table over another. They will, however, need the occasional reboot. The restaurant, which opened earlier this month, uses a staff of 40 robots to bring food, bus tables and greet diners.
The waiter-bots, which look curiously like gold-plated versions of Klaatu from "The Day the Earth Stood Still," push food around the restaurant, while some uncomfortably RealDoll-looking robot hostesses welcome patrons into the restaurant. The Dalu Robot Restaurant serves hot pot, a style of Chinese cuisine where diners cook their own food at the table by dipping various vegetables and meats into pots of boiling oil and chilies.
According to the Singularity Hub, the robots were custom-built for the restaurant by the Dalu Science and and Technology Company, which also runs the restaurant. To check out the robot servers in action, just view the video above.