(South China Morning Post) A cafe will open in Tokyo’s Akasaka district in November featuring robot waiters remotely controlled from home by people with severe physical disabilities.

The cafe, which will open on weekdays from November 26 to December 7, will deploy OriHime-D robots controlled by disabled people with conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neurone disease.

The robot waiters, 1.2 metres tall and weighing 20kg, will send video and audio via the internet, allowing their controllers to direct them from home on their tablets or computers.

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