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Cat-like robot starts work at Canadian eatery

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

A Pudu cat-like robot has joined the waiting staff at a Canadian restaurant.

The Pudu Robotics' BellaBot is now working at Sushi Island, a restaurant in Canada, as a robot server.

According to the restaurant, it has experienced a sharp increase in its number of visits since BellaBot was adopted on January 17. The locals have apparently professed their love for the robot and said that it was great to have “...her…” around for delivery.

The restaurant added that BellaBot has been a great help in its effort to provide a contact-less delivery during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

A manager at Sushi Island told a local reporter that no employees would be laid off because of BellaBot, adding: “She was introduced as a way to help servers, and make customers feel safer with less human contact during a pandemic.”

The robot cat is developed by Pudu Robotics, a world-leading provider of commercial robots. BellaBot is said to be the one and only indoor delivery robot with a novel, cat face in Pudu's robot family and even in the robotics industry. 

BellaBot can easily move, orient and navigate all by herself in highly dynamic and crowded environments. Equipped with intelligent induction trays, the robot can deliver food to three to four tables at a time. When she arrives at a table, the light strip beside the tray starts to flash, reminding the customers to pick up the food. After the food is taken off the tray, the light strip goes out, at which point the robot will move on to the next table.

BellaBot also offers a Birthday mode, in which she delivers birthday cakes accompanied by music blessings. 

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