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An industrial robotic arm manages two espresso coffee makers and brews coffee in every 30 seconds.
The USA is the country where it may happen that they take more time to serve a coffee at a Starbucks than to make you food at a McDonalds, without anyone complaining. So a smart man has developed Cafe X, an automated cafeteria where the barista is a robotic arm capable of handling two espresso machines at once and incidentally serve custom coffees.
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Henry Hu won a $100000 “Thiel Fellowship” grant to finish his robotic system project that would improve the efficiency of the coffee-making process. In other words, it optimizes ordering, payment and preparation time to minimize waiting. Of course, without losing the quality of an authentic espresso and avoiding the option of vending machines with industrial preparations.
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The result is Cafe X. A 6-axis industrial robotic arm made by Mitsubishi with industrial orientation and reprogrammed to be a fast and efficient barista. Between 100 and 120 coffees per hour, this is able to prepare up to one every 30 seconds- depending on its complexity – between an initial offer of American coffee, latte and cappuccino that can be customized to taste.
For the service, you can use the app that carry out the process of purchase from the mobile.
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Cafe X only has two branches in the world at this moment, one in Hong Kong and another in San Francisco, open 365 days a year and priced at $2 per coffee.