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Table-waiting robot CAT revealed at CES 2020 that can miaow with restaurant customers

A robot cat waiting at the table, built by a Chinese technology company, can transport food plates, navigate through a restaurant, meow diners – and even have ears respond.

The so-called BellaBot debuted tomorrow at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and was built for Chinese restaurants without enough waiters.

The cute service bot is just one of a number of crazy machines in the technical show – in addition to a robot that does yoga and another that gets a toilet roll.

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A robot cat waiting at the table, built by a Chinese technology company, can transport food plates, navigate through a restaurant, meow diners - and even have ears respond as shown.

A robot cat waiting at the table, built by a Chinese technology company, can transport food plates, navigate through a restaurant, meow diners – and even have ears respond as shown.

BellaBot - who can navigate obstacles and his fellow robots - is the brainchild of the Chinese robotics and artificial intelligence company PuduTech

BellaBot - who can navigate obstacles and his fellow robots - is the brainchild of the Chinese robotics and artificial intelligence company PuduTech

BellaBot – who can navigate obstacles and his fellow robots – is the brainchild of the Chinese robotics and artificial intelligence company PuduTech

BellaBot – which can navigate through obstacles and its fellow robots – is the brainchild of the Chinese robotics and artificial intelligence company PuduTech.

It has four shelves in the center of its tower-like body for carrying plates.

The robotic cat-themed waiter is loaded with meals by human colleagues and meows when it delivers food to the diners to encourage them to take their plates.

If customers thank BellaBot by stroking her ears, it will initially respond with a pleasant look to the built-in screen, which displays animations of the face of a stylized cat.

“The owner’s hand is so warm,” BellaBot is programmed to respond.

However – just like a real cat – the behavior of the robot changes quickly if it is petted too long.

“It gets angry to remind you not to interrupt his job,” the designers said the BBC.

The BellaBot waiter robot is a more personality-rich update of the previous PuduTech model, with a more utilitarian design and user interface.

Both BellaBot and its predecessor are designed with a special spirit for Chinese restaurant owners – who, according to the company, often have no operating staff – with more than 2,000 restaurants that already use such robots.

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, January 7, PuduTech will test BellaBot on the demonstration floor in a special booth designed to look like a futuristic restaurant.

BellaBot has four shelves in the middle of its tower-like body for carrying plates. The robotic cat-themed waiter is loaded with meals by human colleagues and meows when it delivers food to the guests to encourage them to take their plates

BellaBot has four shelves in the middle of its tower-like body for carrying plates. The robotic cat-themed waiter is loaded with meals by human colleagues and meows when it delivers food to the guests to encourage them to take their plates

BellaBot has four shelves in the middle of its tower-like body for carrying plates. The robotic cat-themed waiter is loaded with meals by human colleagues and meows when it delivers food to the guests to encourage them to take their plates

If customers thank BellaBot by stroking her ears, it will initially respond with a pleasant look to the built-in screen, which displays animations of the face of a stylized cat. “The owner’s hand is so warm,” BellaBot is programmed to respond

Both BellaBot and its predecessor are designed with a special spirit for Chinese restaurant owners - who, according to the company, often have no operating staff - with more than 2,000 restaurants that already use such robots

Both BellaBot and its predecessor are designed with a special spirit for Chinese restaurant owners - who, according to the company, often have no operating staff - with more than 2,000 restaurants that already use such robots

Both BellaBot and its predecessor are designed with a special spirit for Chinese restaurant owners – who, according to the company, often have no operating staff – with more than 2,000 restaurants that already use such robots

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, January 7, PuduTech will test BellaBot on the demonstration floor in a special booth designed to look like a futuristic restaurant

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, January 7, PuduTech will test BellaBot on the demonstration floor in a special booth designed to look like a futuristic restaurant

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, January 7, PuduTech will test BellaBot on the demonstration floor in a special booth designed to look like a futuristic restaurant

In a real food service environment, however, BellaBot may find it difficult to work at peak times when navigating through a restaurant becomes more difficult, PP Foresight technology consultant Paolo Pescatore told the BBC.

Nonetheless, he added that restaurants are expected to increase their dependence on automation – whether in the form of operating robot staff or otherwise.

In addition, technology advancements will ensure that consumer robot robot designs steadily become better at communicating with people and tackling new activities, Mr. Pescatore said – with peculiar consumer-facing bots that are likely to be popular.

“It is one of the fast-growing technical trends. Expect much more crazy robots in the coming years, “he concluded.

THE FUTURE IS MEOW WITH THIS ROBOTIC PET

However, BellaBot is not the only robot with a feline theme unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Elephant Robotics, based in China, takes the opportunity to introduce the world to MarsCat – which they describe at the world’s first bionic pet cat.

The robot cat can walk, stretch, knead, claw and play with toys – in addition to recognizing human faces and responding to 20 different commands and phrases, including “Hello,” “Come here,” and “Sit.”

The robot – which comes in four color coats and with six different personalities – will go on sale next year and is expected with a price tag of around $ 1,299 (£ 987).

MarsCat is powered by an open API and Raspberry Pi – allowing owners to adjust the programming to their liking.

The robot cat can walk, stretch, knead, claw it and play with toys – in addition to recognizing human faces and responding to 20 different commands and sentences, including “Hello”, “Come here” and “Sit”

The BellaBot oberrobot is a more personality-rich update of PuduTech's previous model, pictured, with a more utilitarian design and user interface

The BellaBot oberrobot is a more personality-rich update of PuduTech's previous model, pictured, with a more utilitarian design and user interface

The BellaBot oberrobot is a more personality-rich update of PuduTech’s previous model, pictured, with a more utilitarian design and user interface

WILL YOUR JOB BE TAKEN BY A ROBOT?

Physical tasks in predictable environments, including operators and fast food staff, are most likely to be replaced by robots.

Management consulting firm McKinsey, based in New York, focused on the number of jobs that would be lost due to automation, and which occupations were most at risk.

The report said that data collection and processing are two other categories of activities that can increasingly be done better and faster with machines.

This can displace large amounts of labor – for example, in mortgages, paralegal work, accounting, and back-office transaction processing.

Conversely, jobs in unpredictable environments are the least risky.

The report added: “Professions such as gardeners, plumbers or providers of childcare and elderly care – will generally also see less automation by 2030, because they are technically difficult to automate and often pay relatively lower wages, making automation a less attractive company is a proposition. “

Elsewhere at the electronics show this year, robotics company UBTech will highlight the latest version of its 'Walker' robot, which can now perform various tai chi and yoga postures

Elsewhere at the electronics show this year, robotics company UBTech will highlight the latest version of its 'Walker' robot, which can now perform various tai chi and yoga postures

Elsewhere at the electronics show this year, robotics company UBTech will highlight the latest version of its ‘Walker’ robot, which can now perform various tai chi and yoga postures

Elsewhere at the electronics show this year, robotics company UBTech will highlight the latest version of its ‘Walker’ robot, whose improved motion control makes it possible to perform various tai chi and yoga postures.

“It continuously follows its overall focus in yoga positions,” UBTech spokesman Jeff Gordon told the BBC.

Walker, he added, is “the kind of dynamic.” [artificial intelligence] you would expect a robot that ‘lives’ in your house with your family, goes up and down stairs, carries heavy objects for you. “

However, the robot can do more than movements such as the “Eagle Pose” and “wave your hands like clouds” – his other tricks include making drawings, pouring liquid into a cup and pushing carts.

Meanwhile, Charmin – the American toilet paper brand from Proctor & Gamble – has unveiled a so-called ‘RollBot’ which, when called via a smartphone, can get an extra toilet roll.

“Imagine that you no longer have toilet paper there, nobody hears your phone call,” Proctor & Gamble researcher Gregg Weaver told the BBC.

“The robot will find you at home and give you a new role.”

However, help for those inadequate due to this specific domestic crisis may be a long way off – Charmin currently has no plans to make RollBot commercially available.

Charmin - the American toilet paper brand from Proctor & Gamble - has revealed a so-called 'RollBot' which, when called up via a smartphone, can get an extra toilet roll

Charmin - the American toilet paper brand from Proctor & Gamble - has revealed a so-called 'RollBot' which, when called up via a smartphone, can get an extra toilet roll

Charmin – the American toilet paper brand from Proctor & Gamble – has revealed a so-called ‘RollBot’ which, when called up via a smartphone, can get an extra toilet roll

WHAT IS EXPECTED IN CES 2020?

By: Press Association

At the annual convention, Sony, Samsung and LG will unveil new products, along with thousands of other companies showing their latest innovations during the four-day event.

Artificial intelligence, 5G and robotics are expected to be one of the biggest discussion points when the world’s largest technology fair – CES – starts tomorrow.

It opens on Tuesday, January 7 in Las Vegas.

High-ranking figures from Apple and Facebook also appear on stage together during the show to discuss the data privacy technology industry approach – a topic that companies have previously encountered.

CES is a key date in the industry calendar, with more than 170,000 people expected to participate and more than 20,000 new devices to be revealed.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of the American president Donald Trump and advisor to her father’s administration, will also appear on the show.

Gadgets ranging from new televisions to drones, connected devices and robots are likely to all appear heavily on the show floor, while foldable smartphones – which came to the fore in 2019 – can also be a theme among the new devices that are revealed as companies try to get a grip in that emerging market.

The convention, which has been running since 1967, has a history of the site of the launch of notable technology – including DVD and HD television.

The organizers of the shows have also emphasized that during the show in 2020 a number of ‘non-traditional’ companies that are not known for their work in the technology sector will appear at the event.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Impossible Foods and the gigantic agricultural machinery John Deere are among the confirmed prices for CES.

CES has also committed itself to continue working on improving diversity during the show, following criticism in recent years that its line-up of keynote speakers has failed to show equality.

Jean Foster, senior vice president of marketing and communication at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – who is organizing CES – said that diversity was an industry-wide issue, but confirmed that CES had set up an advisory board to improve representation at its keynote speakers .

“We take this platform very, very seriously and we want to help the industry move forward,” she told PA agency last year.

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