Seven-years in the making, the SuperHand can be easily used even by people who have undergone bilateral amputation.
In a similar way to animal-assisted therapy, the furry robot responds to each touch as if it were alive, can move its head and limbs and can even imitate the sounds of an infant Harp seal.
The brainchild of convenience store chain Żabka and Kraków tech firm VeloxAlpha SA, the one-armed sausage server called Robbie can complete its task in three simple steps.
Dubbed Silicon Valley’s ‘favourite artist’ for her widespread popularity among the IT hotshots, Agnieszka Pilat said the robot dog’s tiny footprints represent ‘the feet of the millions of refugees marching to Poland.’
Named BellaBot, or Bella to its friends, the black and white robot waits for visitors at the entrance alongside a (live) waiter or waitress, greets the guests and escorts them to their table, then delivers their ordered dishes.
The robots, which resemble medium-sized cooling boxes on wheels, are aimed at solving the problem of courier shortages at peak order times, with robot Mateusz currently being tested at distances of up to 3km in the city’s centre.
A video of the arm at work shows it being able to lift a 7kg dumb-bell and acting like a real human arm, wiggling its fingers and clasping the weight.
Creator Gabriele Trovato from Tokyo’s Waseda University said: “The need to build such a robot became clear to me when I listened to friends who complained that they could not go to church during the pandemic.”
The ‘Senster’, one of the world’s first robotic sculptures to be controlled by a digital computer, has gone on display at Warsaw’s Zachęta art gallery.
VIDEO: A portmanteau of 'sensual' and 'monster', the 4.5-metre-long Senster enthralled audiences in the early 1970s, at a time when space exploration and mechanical revolution made anything seem possible.