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Step inside this robot-run restaurant

LG's booth at CES 2020 features a restaurant-scale demo, complete with robotic staff waiting on your table, creating your cappuccino and preparing your meal.

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LG demos CLOi's Table: a robot-manned restaurant experience at CES 2020
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If you're hungry at CES, not an uncommon occurrence when traversing the cavernous Las Vegas Convention Center, LG has a restaurant right in its booth. Welcome to CLOi's Table, where the service is rather stiff.

LG demos CLOi's Table: a robot-manned restaurant experience at CES 2020
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CLOi's Table is run by robots, both in the kitchen and front of house. Something to drink? One robot poured single-brew cups of coffee.

LG demos CLOi's Table: a robot-manned restaurant experience at CES 2020
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On each table sits a small robot. Speak to it to place your order, ask for service or request your bill

LG demos CLOi's Table: a robot-manned restaurant experience at CES 2020
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A lone human gave a presentation, emphasizing that, with the help of all the robot coworkers, he was better able to focus on his customers.

LG demos CLOi's Table: a robot-manned restaurant experience at CES 2020
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Behind the glass is the dishwasher robot busily cleaning plates. The robot on the right transport meals and empty tableware to and from the kitchen.

LG demos CLOi's Table: a robot-manned restaurant experience at CES 2020
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Here's another ominous robot ready to take a human's place.

LG demos CLOi's Table: a robot-manned restaurant experience at CES 2020
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The human staff explains to guests how they can interact with the robot on their table.  

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"How is everything?," asks the human waiter in the scene. Well ... the food is fine, but have you noticed we're surrounded by robots? 

LG demos CLOi's Table: a robot-manned restaurant experience at CES 2020
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Even the actors hired to portray guests at the restaurant seem to be uncomfortable being spied upon by a "cute robot" sitting right on their table.

LG demos CLOi's Table: a robot-manned restaurant experience at CES 2020
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When it's time to clear the table, the human waiter loads plates onto this bussing bot.

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