One of the lasting impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic is that it has put a spotlight on the necessity to speed up the development of automation and a greater role of robots in our daily lives. The post-Covid world might look awfully similar to the cartoon The Jetsons with more robots everywhere. Visitors to the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021 might have got a glimpse of it at Qualcomm Technologies’ booth where OrionStar’s 5G Robotic Coffee Master was pouring piping hot coffee to the guests. The robotic barista is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System and makes use of AI and the 5G technology to be one of the technologically advanced of its kind. “OrionStar’s robot products embedded with Qualcomm Technologies’ solutions exemplify how both 5G and AI can provide immersive experiences for customers through robotics, while also enabling smarter efficiencies for multiple verticals and industries,” said Dev Singh, senior director, business development and general manager of robotics, drones, and intelligent machines at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Qualcomm Technologies’ robotics platforms and solutions are leading the way in the creation and enablement of powerful, secure, and intelligent robots, reshaping the way the world thinks about, utilizes and interacts with robotics technologies.”
The Robotic Coffee Master is claimed to be capable of making and serving up to 1000 pour-overs per day; that’s three times what a human can do. According to OrionStar, the robot utilizes 3,000 hours of AI learning and 30,000 hours of robotic arm testing and machine vision training to perform seamlessly. The AI company also looks to fully utilize China’s quick adoption of 5G technology. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, China has established 718,000 5G base stations, accounting for 70% of the global share. There’s no word on the roll-out of the AI-powered robotic barista and if it will ever make it to other parts of the world.