MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – At the Dadawan restaurant in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht, an unusual group of new staffers has been brought in to help after the Netherlands eased its coronavirus lockdown this week: robots.
A robotic trio of waiters named Amy, Aker and James roll back and forth from the bar at the Asian fusion restaurant, handing out drinks — and lessening the number of trips that human staff need to make through the restaurant.
Each robot has a simple humanoid figure, including arms to hold serving trays. Simple displays on their faces shows a smile, or occasionally a frown.
The service can be a bit stiff.
“Hi, here is your order. Please take it away from the tray. I will go back automatically in 20 seconds”, Amy informs a pair of women seated at a booth, after presenting them with two glasses of ice tea.
Customers must pick up their own drinks.
Though robotic servers were introduced in China several years ago and have since become a novelty at…
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