Henry Hu wishes to make use of a technology that improves the working efficiency of the service industry. He seeks lot many applications in the foodservice industry and recently launched Cafe X in San Francisco in Metreon. Cafe X is a robot serving system that promises to stay loyal to the production expectations from coffee roasters. Henry says that Cafe X makes use of six axis Mitsubishi robot that is embedded with a 4-5kgs payload. It makes use of a Linux controller and chooses from a library of motions that makes the robot pick up a cup and places it into a dispensing region of the cup and then place this cup to a staging area.
The customer can always place the order through the Cafe X app and then walk inside the kiosk and enter all relevant information. This robot will deliver the ordered cup of coffee to the customer. The long end objective of this system is to reduce the time period of coffee making process from ten minutes to ten seconds, along with, giving the best cup of coffee to the customer. The learning curves during the development and introduction included finding the right paths of motion for the robot so that it can find its destination and deliver the coffee cup directly to the right customer. The challenge came in when the different cup sizes led to confusions in the cup sensors and the arm failed to realize the presence of cup.
The future wish list of Cafe X’s new versions includes different cup sizes and a self-calibration programs that permit the system to correct itself completely post a seismic event or an earthquake. Cafe X is an innovation and has been enjoying the attention from press on a large basis. People all over have been talking about coffee served by robots, it is a huge leap of efficiency that opens up a new window in the manufacturing world.
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