The humans alive today are fortunate to see how far we've come in regards to technology. People can feel like they're sitting right next to their best friend, enjoying a movie, even though they're half-way around the world from each other. And people can start their dinner or laundry while they're sitting in their office chair at work. While those things are beautifully convenient, this story that you're about to read will not only change the way you eat in a restaurant, but it will also change the way certain disabled people can live their lives.
Walking into DAWN Cafe feels more like a sci-fi adventure movie, rather than a nice place to grab a coffee.
Robots with alien-like eyes can be seen making conversation and delivering drinks to hungry customers. This may seem like something straight from a Star Wars movie, but it's 100% reality.
DAWN (Diverse Avatar Working Network) Cafe is based off of an anime made in 2008, called "Time of Eve."
In the "Time of Eve," humans and robots are looked at as equals. DAWN Cafe ran with that concept and turned it into something extraordinarily inspirational. Even though it's based on the Time of Eve, and there are humans and robots involved, DAWN Cafe is different from anything you've ever seen before.
Thanks to the combined efforts of the Nippon Foundation, ANA Holdings Inc., and Ory Lab Inc., OriHime-D robots are changing the way certain people can see the world.
Designed to help those with severe disabilities, such as ALS, OriHime-D robots are able to give people who are confined to their homes a chance to gain some independence, the ability to socialize, and even earn some money. And they can do this without ever having to leave their home or bed.
The OriHime-D robots, which are a little shorter than four feet tall, are controlled by 10 different people from the comfort of their homes.
These cute little robots come equipped with a microphone, a camera, and a speaker, allowing the customers to interact with the person behind the robot. Using tablets or computers, the human is able to control the direction the robot is going in. And thanks to the robot's 14 different joints, its able to hold a menu, carry trays, and deliver drinks to smiling customers!
The best thing about the OriHime-D robots is their ability to help those that aren't able to get out of their house as often as they deserve.
Living with a disability isn't easy, especially if your disability confines you to your bed. The OriHime-D robots can be controlled by anyone, even if they're only able to use their eyes or mouth. For those that are restricted to their home, OriHime-D robots give them the ability to interact with other people, which they wouldn't normally be able to do.