Automation is taking over coffee making. According to Fortune, Cafe X Technologies allows customers to pre-order a customised coffee on their smartphone or on an iPad by the kiosk, and a robotic arm prepares it.
Henry Hu, the startup's CEO, and his staff programmed a Mitsubishi robotic arm, typically used to handle screws and bolts in industrial settings, to be a barista. The robotic arm grasps individual coffee cups and then slowly pivots to an espresso machine that pours without spilling a drop. If a customer wants milk or syrup, the arm reaches over to another machine that adds it.
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