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Japanese restaurant hires ROBOTIC bartender that serves draft beer in 40 seconds and cocktails in less than a minute after chain struggled to find human workers Japanese restaurant chain Yoronotaki has opened a new pub in a train station A robot bartender will run the  pub and mix drinks based on QR code orders It's part of a two-month test program to see how viable robotic servers are

By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:37 GMT, 5 February 2020 | Updated: 20:37 GMT, 5 February 2020

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A Tokyo restaurant chain has opened a small pub in one of the city’s busiest train stations, with a robot bartender serving drinks to commuters on their way home from work.

Called Zeroken Robo Tavern, the bar is located in Tokyo’s bustling Ikebukuro train station and is owned by Yoronotaki, a company that operates a chain of izakaya-style restaurants around the country.

The Zeroken Robo Tavern in Tokyo's bustling Ikebukuro Station has a robot bartender that can serve draft beer, sake, and mixed drinks

The Zeroken Robo Tavern in Tokyo's bustling Ikebukuro Station has a robot bartender that can serve draft beer, sake, and mixed drinks

The small space opened on January 23 and will run until March 19, part of a pilot program run to see how customers respond to being served by a machine instead of a human.

Customers will first pay for their drinks at an automated payment kiosk.

They'll receive a QR code receipt, which they present to the robot. After the robot scans the QR code it will go about preparing the drink.

It takes about 40 seconds to pour a glass of draft beer and a little under a minute to deliver a cocktail or mixed drink.

The robot also has a set of cameras built into its screen to monitor the emotional state of customers, tracking whether they’re happy or growing impatient.

The robot was designed by QBIT Robotics, which developed a similar robot arm server for a small takout pasta restaurant.

‘For robots, pasta, izakaya, and coffee are the same,’ QBIT’s Hiroya Nakano said. ‘You can do various things by changing cooking equipment.’

The robot bartender was developed by QBIT Robotics, which had previously used a similar machine in a takeout pasta restaurant

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