Intel Powers Autonomous Robot Barista

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A small coffee bar in Singapore has automated its business with a six-axis robot barista built with Intel parts. Crown Coffee founder and CEO Keith Tan is hoping that its success will allow expansion to more than 40 other locations. After that, it’s off to Japan and then the world. Unsurprisingly, the idea started over coffee when a couple of Intel employees were in his shop and he approached them with his plan. Named after his wife, Ella, the robot is powered by various Intel technologies such as Movidius and OpenVINO.

At the heart of Ella’s AI is a combination of Intel Xeon and Core processors. Tan notes how this is a perfect solution for places where retail space is extremely limited. It also serves as a contactless service, which is crucial during the current pandemic. The next time you’re out traveling, you just might spot Ella serving up a hot cup of joe.

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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