“Would you care for a delicious coffee?”the one armed robot named Sawyer asks in a flat tone. “I can make one better than human beings around here.” adds the cartoon eyed robot.
The robot debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya. No wonder the shop’s name in Japanese means “strange cafe.”
It grinds coffee beans, fills a filter and pours hot water over a cup for up to five people at once. A cup of brewed coffee costs three dollars and takes a few minutes.
The robot can also operate an automated machine for six other hot drinks including cappuccino, hot chocolate
The general manager Tamaki says it’s not just about efficiency. “We want the robot to entertain customers so it’s not like buying coffee at a vending machine,” he said.