La Gitana Loca chain (La Gitana Loca Cuesta del Rosario) in Seville, Spain now has a robotic arm made by the Seville-based company Macco, which bottles beer.
This automatic service is designed to ensure hygiene and safety. According to Alejandro Martinez, one of the owners of the restaurant, it was originally planned to install such a robot before the pandemic in order to speed up the service, because usually there are always a lot of visitors in bars, and you can see a huge queue near the restaurant on weekends or holidays.
Taking advantage of the temporary quarantine measures, managers agreed with the Seville company Macco, the manufacturer of this model of a robotic arm, to install it in the central bar of the La Gitana Loca Cuesta del Rosario network.
Alejandro Martinez says that a mechanical arm works only with disposable plastic cups, and user contact with it is minimized.
The visitor orders his drink using the touch screen, pays for the order through a special payment mechanism, and then the robotic hand pours a foamy drink.
Alejandro also adds that the first customers coming to the bar after its opening, which took place recently, are very surprised at the new “bartender”, and even more surprised that he was made in Seville.
But not everyone is quite so enthusiastic.
"I think the relationship between the customer and the barman who serves you, who looks you in the eye and watches how the beer goes into the glass has an appeal that's missing with this robot," said 33-year-old lawyer Manuel Fernandez.
"I am not in favour of this kind of machine, I prefer to take risks and have them serve me beer the way they've done it all my life."
Spain has lost more than 28,000 people to the virus and is taking a very cautious approach to lifting the lockdown, with bar and cafe terraces operating at a reduced capacity and under strict hygiene conditions.
Nuts and seeds please!
A bored ten-year-old boy from Germany built a table for squirrels after having a lot of free time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Because of the COVID-19, quarantine measures are imposed in the country and all schools and kindergartens are closed.
The table includes a miniature picnic place, complete with a plate and tiny beer mug which is just filled with nuts, seeds and raisins.
They named the curious squirrel “Madame.” She now visits their patio at least once a day.
"It comes by everyday, sometimes even twice, in the morning and the evening, sometimes at lunch time. It’s preferred food dish is sunflower seeds which it sucks up like a vacuum cleaner. She also loves hazelnuts and walnuts and also raisins," the mother of the boy said.
Madame now has her own Instagram account and has gained thousands of views and likes already. It is by far, the most watched video this week.
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