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Pamplona bar uses robot ‘waiter’ to serve customers and prevent spread of COVID-1903:51

Pamplona bar uses robot ‘waiter’ to serve customers and prevent spread of COVID-19

Spain, Pamplona
June 4, 2020 at 19:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

A bar in Pamplona has found an ingenious way to avoid contagion of the coronavirus between workers and customers, by using a robot "waiter.”

On Thursday, the robot Alexia was seen moving between the tables on a magnetic strip on the floor, while carrying drinks on its tray.

Once the bar staff prepares the beverages, they select the table that Alexia needs to serve and leave the drinks on the tray. After customers are finished with their beverages, the robot comes back to collect glasses.

Patxi Larumbe, sales director of the company that manufactures the robot, COCUUS SYSTEM, explained that they were already working on the project to be used by catering companies before the pandemic, and that they have adapted to the current situation to use it on the terraces.

"Our goal is not to take away any jobs. The goal is to make people use their talent in what they know how to do, and the annoying things, which are useless, which do not contribute, to make them with robots," Larumbe explained, adding that he thought that "it will make the waiters happier while doing their job and dedicating themselves to what each one of them really has talent for. "

For their part, customers were enthusiastic about the idea and described it as "spectacular".

According to data from the Ministry of Health, Spain has recorded 240,660 cases of COVID-19 and 27,133 deaths to date.

Pamplona bar uses robot ‘waiter’ to serve customers and prevent spread of COVID-1903:51
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A bar in Pamplona has found an ingenious way to avoid contagion of the coronavirus between workers and customers, by using a robot "waiter.”

On Thursday, the robot Alexia was seen moving between the tables on a magnetic strip on the floor, while carrying drinks on its tray.

Once the bar staff prepares the beverages, they select the table that Alexia needs to serve and leave the drinks on the tray. After customers are finished with their beverages, the robot comes back to collect glasses.

Patxi Larumbe, sales director of the company that manufactures the robot, COCUUS SYSTEM, explained that they were already working on the project to be used by catering companies before the pandemic, and that they have adapted to the current situation to use it on the terraces.

"Our goal is not to take away any jobs. The goal is to make people use their talent in what they know how to do, and the annoying things, which are useless, which do not contribute, to make them with robots," Larumbe explained, adding that he thought that "it will make the waiters happier while doing their job and dedicating themselves to what each one of them really has talent for. "

For their part, customers were enthusiastic about the idea and described it as "spectacular".

According to data from the Ministry of Health, Spain has recorded 240,660 cases of COVID-19 and 27,133 deaths to date.

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