Cartoon-inspired robot maids entertain and serve customers in a Japanese cafe

Cartoon-inspired robot maids entertain and serve customers in a Japanese cafe

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The Japanese team behind the MaSiRo project – which is short for Maid Apprentice Substantiating Ideal RObot – has created three animation-inspired Robot Sisters who served and received customers at a maid’s robot café in Triomphe near Akihabara in Japan for a limited time. Achieving this has been a longstanding dream for the team, and the team is even looking to produce robot maids in every home. So far, this has been a complex path of locomotion because, the team said, it is not yet uncommon to create a globally popular type robot that can move freely in an unknown location such as someone’s home.

Meanwhile, maids and robot sisters were happy to welcome customers who went to their cafe and wanted to drink hot drinks on a rainy day. The MaSiRo project was sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and was selected as a suitable competitor for the department’s innovation program. The brief the team received was to create a prototype of a maid bot café where customers could interact with the bots. The team behind the MaSiRo project appears to have executed the brief well.

Robot Maids Café

Photos and videos from the MaSiRo . project

Masiro inside the robots cafe

Maids and sisters of robots have their own names. MaSiRo She wears a typical maid costume and appears to be the main waitress for the team. She can recognize faces with her headband camera, move her neck to gesture customers, and look at them with her crystal eyes. Her right hand has a built-in fireplace to warm customers’ hands and gently guide them to their tables. If customers place their hands on Masiro’s shoulders, they gently bend as if it was a natural response to touch.

The team says MaSiRo can also deposit and deposit customers. In the café, MaSiRo welcomes customers and directs them to their table. So far, only MaSiRo is responsible for taking orders – via a QR code that is given to customers upon entry – and serving them while other bot maids are there to entertain café-goers while they wait for their orders.

Robot Maids Café


Robots sisters serving menu

Meet the youngest sisters, Ciro and Seiya

Robot maids Chiro and Seiya are Maseru’s younger sisters who help her out at the café. The hand-holding function runs in the family, and the younger sisters can also recognize faces like their older sister. If customers grab CiRo’s right hand or CiYa’s left hand and start walking, the robotic maids slowly escort them and escort them to their side. The team says that while the current MaSiRo can hold customers’ left or right hand, CiRo and CiYa have identified gold hands.

On the bright side, the little sisters can bow so low that they kneel, and in this way, customers can rest their heads on the stones of the robotic maids like a knee pad. The team also moved the camera off the headband and positioned it in the ears of the younger ones to allow flexibility in hair decoration and hairstyles. The team shares that it has been temporarily considering removing the handheld feature from MaSiRo and retaining it in CiRo and CiYa as they continue to develop more advanced features for MaSiRo.

Robot Maids Café


MaSiRo team tests how bot maids welcome customers

Robot Maids Café
CiRo and CiYa