By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com
Published: 20:37 GMT, 5 February 2020 | Updated: 20:37 GMT, 5 February 2020
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 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.’