In August, a robot from Japanese developer Telexistence will prepare food at a FamilyMart convenience store.
FamilyMart plans to expand deployment of the telepresence robot to about 20 of its Tokyo outlets by 2022.
Human operators initially will operate the Model T robots remotely with virtual reality goggles and motion-sensor controls until their artificial intelligence can learn to mimic human movements.
Telexistence uses human operators to train its robots, which is far less expensive than complex programming.
The Model T vaguely resembles a kangaroo, a design choice meant to put shoppers at ease by avoiding a more unsettling humanlike appearance.
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