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Flying Robots Serving in Singapore by 2015

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series,  which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels.      Can you imagine going to a restaurant and being served by a flying robot? Reality might surpass your...

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series,  which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels. 

 

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Customers looking at a flying tray. Photo © Infinium Robotics

 

Can you imagine going to a restaurant and being served by a flying robot? Reality might surpass your imagination if you travel to Singapore by the end of next year.

Infinium-Serve, the company behind the autonomous flying robotic waiters, specializes in providing autonomous robotic solutions for commercial applications across various industries. The futuristic flying robotic waiters will be first launched at one of Timbre Group’s five outlets in Singapore in late 2015.

“Introducing this technology into restaurants would take away mundane tasks of serving food and drinks,” said Infinium Robotics CEO Woon Junyang to several media outlets. “It will allow human waiters to focus on higher-value tasks such as getting feedback from customers,” he said.

A welcome-to-the future type of demo showcasing Infinium-Serve in action was presented to Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the launch of the National Productivity Month in October.

“This will result in an enhanced dining experience, which will eventually lead to increased sales and revenue for the restaurants,” Junyang said.

 

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Kike Calvo
Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: www.colombiaphotoexpeditions.com