Possible treat at Timbre outlets next year: Flying robot waiters

Visitors watching a flying robot waiter in action at the launch of National Productivity Month on Oct 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Visitors watching a flying robot waiter in action at the launch of National Productivity Month on Oct 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - Flying robot waiters could be serving you food at a Timbre outlet by the end of next year.

The fully-automated robots are designed to travel above head height and descend only when they are serving food to customers. They also have collision-avoidance sensors and are able to recognise human features.

The innovative and high-flying way to beat the manpower crunch was announced on Thursday morning by Singapore company Infinium Robotics, which signed a seven-figure deal in October with the Timbre Group, which operates five F&B outlets.

Infinium Robotics chief executive Woon Junyang said with the robots serving food, human waiters would be able to provide better service to the customer.

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