Ever since Marty McFly strolled into the '80s Cafe in Back to the Future Part II, we've been waiting for our very own robo-waiter. Well, this might be about as close as you can get for now.
Panasonic's HOSPI(R) Autonomous Delivery Robot will be serving a stint at the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita hotel and resort in Japan from January 14-18, slinging drinks … right from the refrigerator in his stomach.
Which isn't unsettling at all.
Along with serving drinks, the 'bot will also be doling out bus directions. This stint is pretty much just a test run for the robot, and there are no current plans to install it permanently. However, if you've always wanted a robo-waiter, it's time to head to Japan. Like, now-ish.
The HOSPI(R) uses collision-avoidance tech and pre-programmed maps to navigate its surroundings and is loaded with sensors to help it not go careening into customers or tourists. It also features an adorable smile, so you can enjoy the genesis of the robot apocalypse.
Check out the adorable little robot in action below and let us know what you think: