The café will open in Dubai next year with an eerily human-like ROBOT cashier
An eerily human-like robotic cashier who can serve drinks and chat with customers will soon be operational in Dubai, meaning baristas could be a thing of the past.
Donna Cyber-Cafe is slated to open in Dubai next year, with a “supermodel” robot serving coffee and ice cream to customers without human assistance.
Donna, created as the spitting image of Eastern European model Diana Gabdullina, will provide quick service and even be able to start conversations with clients, take selfies or tell a fairy tale for those who ask.
The stunning new droid was created to appear like a real person, allowing Donna to read the customer’s emotions and move in an eerily realistic manner.
Donna Cyber Cafe will open in Dubai next year. The new droid named Donna will be able to talk to customers, take selfies with them or even tell them a fairy tale
Donna is based on Eastern European model Diana Gabdullina. Pictured here is the model (left) with her eerily similar robotic double (right).
What is a Robo-C2 and what can it do?
A Robo-C2 is a humanoid robot designed to mimic a human.
The robot can be used in a number of different situations and for different tasks.
Companies developing Robo-C2 say they can replicate anyone’s appearance.
Robo-C2 has a number of features:
- Greeting and greeting people, including remembering faces and names
- Have conversations and start conversations with people
- Can remember company information and present it when requested
- Get programmed for specific topics and phrases
The robot has a silicone skin and hyper-realistic eyes, and can also convey a variety of micro-expressions.
The makers of Donna, whose components hail from Russia, say she has an “easy-going, feminine” personality, can be a little tongue-in-cheek, but is “naturally a responsible internet cafe employee.”
The robot is a Robo-C2 – a humanoid robot designed to look like a human, speak like a human, express emotions, and interact with humans.
The developers claim that the robots help give businesses a “competitive edge” and attract new customers by improving customer loyalty and satisfaction.
The café, which will be open 24 hours a day, will feature a soft ice cream machine, a soft drink vending machine and a coffee maker served to customers by robotic arms.
Customers then pay at a self-service terminal.
Robo-C2 has seen a huge surge in popularity after gaining prominence on TikTok.
An account run by creators Promobot has nearly three million followers and millions of likes for its videos, which show the robots serving coffee, learning how to write, and telling people jokes.
However, many of the videos showing the robots serving customers have raised concerns that they could put people out of work.
One user commented, “No thanks, we have people who need work.”
Another said: “I want a person and if I walk into a place and a robot serves, I’m out that door.”
An image of the Robo-C2 humanoid barista robot in use at another event. The Robo-C2 is designed to look like a human, speak like a human, express emotions, and interact with humans
Videos of Robo-C2 have generated a lot of interest in the robots and have received millions of views on TikTok. Not everyone is happy with the creation, however, with some fearing it could put people out of work
Donna was modeled for 2014 perm beauty pageant winner Diana Gabdullina. One of their robot doppelgangers was used at Vladimir Putin’s economic forum in St. Petersburg in June
Another added: “People shouldn’t support companies like this. It would be our end.”
The average Promobot robot costs around US$1,000 (£810.85) per day for the second version and US$2,000 (£1671) per day for the latest version, but it is unclear how much the purchase will cost.
MailOnline contacted Promobot to find out the cost of buying a robot.
It’s not the first time a spooky robot has replaced people working in the hospitality industry.
Earlier this year, a robot almost identical to Donna was spotted serving drinks at Vladimir Putin’s annual economic forum in St. Petersburg.
The female android barmaid spotted at the Russian President’s event, named Dunyasha, was one of 20 identical barmaids, all created in Ms. Gabdullina’s image.
The coffee maker dispenser uses robotic arms to serve customers, while the hyper-realistic cashier speaks to guests as they wait for their drinks
The first cafes will appear across Dubai in 2023. There are RDI robotic products already working in 43 countries as administrators, promoters, consultants, guides and concierges replacing the need for “live” employees
The winner of the 2014 perm beauty pageant is married to Rashid Gabdullin, the owner of the company that made the robot, The Mirror reported.
However, those who attended the economic forum criticized the robot’s outfit, calling it “a mix of 1950s Stepford wives and Soviet salespeople.”
The first cafes will appear across Dubai in 2023. There are RDI robotic products already working in 43 countries as administrators, promoters, consultants, guides and concierges replacing the need for “live” employees.
Promobot robots can be found at the Baltimore-Washington Airport and the Dubai Mall.
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