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Friday, 14-December-2018

ROBOT-WAITERS AT YOUR SERVICE

As part of a feature of the upcoming Robotics Gallery, robots will be serving visitors with food and beverages in the cafeteria in Science city

We have read many books or seen films that predict the integration of robots and artificial intelligence into our everyday lives. And more often than not, we brush it aside, leaving the mere thought of it for the sci-fi fans or believe that this idea is too far ahead of its time. But fast forward to November 2018, when you are being served by robots and not waiters.
As part of a feature of the upcoming Robotics Gallery, which is 70 per cent near completion, robots will be serving visitors with food and beverages in the cafeteria set up in Science City. The experiment will be a part of an exhibition based on cutting-edge technology, which will take place simultaneously with the Vibrant Summit in January 2019. Though the set-up will be completely functional next year, a video of the two robots serving tea to guests went viral among residents.
The state authorities explained that the video is a demonstration of the robots’ potential to follow commands and execute them. Executive Director of Gujarat Science City SD Vora said that the robots are built with emotive faces, a command panel on its torso and two hands extended, holding two serving plates.
“The robots assess the floor and navigate accordingly on the programmed path,” Vora said. “The idea behind the initiative is to give a peek into what robotics can do,” he further added.
The engineers who have worked on these robots explained that they programmed them on path design, based on the room’s layout, due to which, they get the food from the designated spot. They also added that the initial trial runs have been successful as modifications have been made on its Chinese systems for this specific purpose.
The serving robots are a part of an interactive gallery at the Robotics Gallery, which will cover an expanse of 10,000 sq metres and will cost Rs 126 crore. The robots will not only serve visitors, but will engage in a conversation with them. The progressive project will also include robots playing games like air hockey, painting, sculpting and even dancing to music. 

Evolution of Robotics
To witness how science has reached this point, a gallery will also display the evolution of robotics and how it has changed the course of human life, from medical surgery to space exploration.