These remote controlled robots are operated by people who are differently abled “using a mouse or their eyes to operate a computer or other equipment,” reports NDTV. The robots have built-in cameras that capture images of customers and their surroundings, and the operators can use the robots to move them around and serve beverages.
The robot operators can even speak with customers through a microphone and speaker installed in the robots. This helps them to take and deliver orders. Saeko Murai, a 36-year-old woman with somatic symptom disorder, said: “I worked at a company in the past, and this was my first work in 10 years.”
“I really felt like I was working at a cafe. I enjoyed conversations with many customers, and it was an encouraging experience for me. I would like to treat my family to sushi.”
Kentaro Yoshifuji, chief executive officer of Ory Lab Inc, who developed the robots, said: “I want people with disabilities to know that they can work even if they can’t move their body or go outside.
“At the same time, I want everyone to know that there are many people who want to work even though they can’t move. If they have an opportunity to get a job, it gives them confidence as people who are needed.”