In Spain, bar bot serves up contact-free beers amid pandemic

World May 20, 2020

In Spain, bar bot serves up contact-free beers amid pandemic

He maybe silent and his moves mechanical but he can pull you a pint without the slightest concern about contamination: meet Beer Cart, the robotic barman serving beer in Seville. He made his debut when the southern city began enjoying new freedom as Spain eased ...

Robots and cameras: China's sci-fi quarantine watch

Asia Pacific May 3, 2020

Robots and cameras: China's sci-fi quarantine watch

Robots delivering meals, ghostly figures in hazmat suits and cameras pointed at front doors: China's methods to enforce coronavirus quarantines have looked like a sci-fi dystopia for legions of people. Authorities have taken drastic steps to ensure that people do not break isolation rules after ...

Much-maligned robots may become heroes in war on coronavirus

World Apr 9, 2020

Much-maligned robots may become heroes in war on coronavirus

Long maligned as job-stealers and aspiring overlords, robots are being increasingly relied on as fast, efficient, contagion-proof champions in the war against the deadly coronavirus. One team of robots temporarily cared for patients in a makeshift hospital in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the COVID-19 ...

Tokyo train station eatery gives soba-cooking robot a try

Business Mar 17, 2020

Tokyo train station eatery gives soba-cooking robot a try

A robot that cooks soba noodles is serving hungry commuters at a train station in western Tokyo in yet another example of Japan's shift to automation as labor remains in short supply. The robot was introduced Monday on a trial basis at Higashikoganei Station on ...