He robots are coming … to serve us ice cream.
Australia’s first robotic retail store opens today at Federation Square, where three futuristic attendants will scoop and serve at the Niska ice cream bar.
The hi-tech creations serve a range of locally made ice cream with flavours such as rocky road, salted caramel and cookies and cream.
A social humanoid robot called Pepper takes the order, Eka scoops the ice cream and Tony adds the sauce, nuts and other condiments.
They dance, wave flags, play records on a vintage turntable and change costumes to deliver an interactive experience with “a sense of theatre”.
Niska co-founder and CEO Kate Orlova said the company aimed to transform the retail experience in Australia, with the ice cream bar just the first to feature the technology.
“There’s a huge opportunity to introduce robotics into a retail environment,” she said.
“Robots can’t replace humans, but are good at doing repetitive tasks, such as scooping ice cream.”