A Dawn Ver Beta café just opened in Tokyo, Japan this month and has been operating for two weeks. The customers here are served by Orly Lab’s robot, the only waiters available in the restaurant. using robots is a fairly common trend but Ory lab had a twist from the normal use by employing severely disabled people to remotely control the robots. This helps them gain more independence.
10 people who suffered from spinal cord injuries and diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) were employed to work. They operated the robots from their homes and were paid 1,000 yen ($9) per hour.
Computer aided eye-tracking technology is used, this is same as that used by Stephen Hawking who suffered from ALS too. This provides freedom to move the robot with the freedom of picking up items and having conversations occasionally with the customers. Basically the robots have become the body through which the disabled people get to work with.
“I want to create a world in which people who can’t move their bodies can work too,” said Kentaro Yoshifuji, CEO of Ory Lab. Inc. The Cafe is only in Beta stage for some weeks and is still raising money for full-time operation in 2020