Aglio Kim A.I. Robot Serves Customers at Seoul Restaurant

“Aglio Kim,” a trolley-like robot utilizing artificial intelligence (A.I.), delivers food to customers at a Seoul restaurant to reduce human interaction and help maintain social distance.
The 1.25-meter-tall robot, built by the South Korean telecoms company KT Corp, brings food and uses its visual SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) capabilities to avoid obstacles and maneuver around customers shortly after customers order through a touch-screen on the table.
Lee Young-jin, KT’s AI Platform Business Team leader, told Reuters that the robot can deliver food to up to four tables at once. Of the A.I. The robot is fitted with food trays that can hold up to 30 kilograms and an LCD screen and an English- and Korean-language speaker.
“Customers found the robot serving quite unique and interesting, and also felt safe from the coronavirus,” said Lee Young-ho, a restaurant manager at Mad for Garlic who tested this month’s robot.
Restaurants and cafes in the heavily populated metropolitan area of Seoul are permitted to open from Monday after 9 p.m., but must leave two meters between tables and record the names and contact information of patrons.
As of Monday the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) confirmed 106 new cases of coronavirus, taking its total number of infections to 22,391 with 367 deaths.
KT said they plan to provide restaurants with more robots this year, and will unveil a second model with A.I. Tech voice recognition early next year.


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