AI robot serves customers at Seoul restaurant

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(Reuters) – “Aglio Kim,” a cart-like robot that uses artificial intelligence (AI), delivers food to restaurant patrons in Seoul, to minimize human contact and help ensure social distancing.

Shortly after customers order via a touchscreen on the table, the 1.25-meter-tall robot, developed by South Korean telecommunications company KT Corp, brings in the food and uses its SLAM (localization) visual capabilities. and simultaneous mapping) to avoid obstacles and navigate around customers.

The robot can deliver food to up to four tables at a time, Lee Young-jin, head of KT’s AI platform business team, told Reuters.

The AI ​​robot is equipped with food trays that can carry up to 30 kilograms and an LCD screen and speaker that communicate in Korean and English.

“Customers found the serving robot quite unique and interesting, and also felt immune to the coronavirus,” said Lee Young-ho, manager of Mad for Garlic restaurant who tested the robot this month.

As of Monday, restaurants and cafes in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area are allowed to open after 9 p.m., but must leave two meters between tables and record the names and contact details of customers.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 106 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing its total number of infections to 22,391 with 367 deaths.

KT has announced plans to supply more robots for restaurants this year and will unveil a second model with AI voice recognition technology early next year.

Minwoo Park reporting, Dogyun Kim; Editing by Alexandra Hudson

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