Automated drone waiters piloted at Singapore bar

A Singapore-based restaurant franchise has revealed its intention to use automated flying drone waiters in its venues to free up staff and streamline its kitchen-to-table deliveries.

The Timbre group last week showcased drone servants as they bring food from the kitchen to consumers using technology designed by Infinium Robotics.

The craft fly above human height and have infrared sensors to avoid collisions with drones, customers and other obstacles. However, Infinium Robotics is currently investing in more silent models as its current drone range runs too loudly for conventional use in restaurants.

Edward Chia, managing director of Timbre Group told Channel News Asia: “If I ask one of my waiters to deliver food and drinks from point A to point B - normal human mentality is that they would want to walk as little as possible, so they would carry as much things as possible in the one trip.

“With the Infinium-Serve, we can make multiple trips with a lower payload. We can get the food out - fresher and faster.”

The drones will be fully rolled out in one of Timbre’s five Singapore venues this year for a seven figure sum.

As Timbre showcased its waiters last week Alibaba was also piloting its tea delivery drones in China's three biggest cities.

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