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A restaurant where robots cook and serve food

Last updated on: January 15, 2013 11:11 IST

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No need to tip this waiter! A sci-fi restaurant in China has employed robots to work as waiters, cooks, entertainers and receptionists.

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Image: Robots deliver dishes to customers at a Robot Restaurant in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.
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The restaurant has 18 types of robots, each gliding out of the kitchen to provide dishes, with speciality robots including a dumpling robot and a noodle robot.

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Image: Customers watch a robot cooking dishes at a Robot Restaurant in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.
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As a diner walks in, one of the robots extends its arm to the side and, with a sci-fi flourish, says "Earth Person, Hello, Welcome to the Robot Restaurant", the Daily Mail reported.

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Image: A robot that specialises in cooking, prepares "jiaozi", or Chinese dumplings, at a Robot Restaurant in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.
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After the diners have placed their order, the robots in the kitchen start cooking and once the dish is prepared, a robot waiter, which runs along tracks on the floor, carries it from kitchen to the table.

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Image: A pedestrian looks at a robot that specialises in greeting people outside a Robot Restaurant in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.
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Prepared dishes are placed on a suspended conveyor belt and when the plate reaches the right table, the mechanical arms lift it off and sets it down.

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As people eat, a singing robot entertains diners. The robots have been designed and manufactured by a Chinese company.

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Image: A robot that specialises in delivering food serves a customer with French fries at a Robot Restaurant in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.
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Chief Engineer Liu Hasheng, said they invested $8 million in setting up the gen-next restaurant.

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Image: A robot that specialises in delivering food holds a tray as a waiter puts dishes on it at a Robot Restaurant in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.
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"Staff in the computer room can manage the whole robot team. After the busy times during the day, the robot will go for a 'meal', which is electricity," Liu said.

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Image: A robot that specialises in delivering food holds an empty plate after serving meals to customers at a Robot Restaurant in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.
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Liu added that after a two-hour charge the robot can work continuously for 5 hours.

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Image: A boy touches a robot that specialises in delivering drinks at a Robot Restaurant in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.
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Another robot restaurant opened in Jinan in northern Shandong province in 2010, where robots resembling Star Wars droids circle the room carrying trays of food in a conveyor belt-like system.




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