Purdue Technology " Happy Sending": The robot that delivers meals enters the restaurant, which is efficient and practical


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Purdue Technology - Happy Send Robot

If diners were to switch to robots, there was no doubt that delivery efficiency would be greatly improved-after all, the robot's failure rate was much lower than that of humans. Amid the tide of artificial intelligence, Purdue has a chance to land because it wants to use robots to improve the restaurant's food delivery experience.

Robot delivery, reliable?

The first thing many readers wonder is how does the robot deliver food? Is it a humanoid robot like a waiter that brings food to the table of the diners? In fact, Purdue's product "Happy Send" robot is more like a "patrol". It is not a humanoid robot, but a combination of a machine and a tray. The machine is equipped with a variety of sensors, mainly for indoor positioning, and a number of base stations are also arranged in the restaurant to assist the robot in indoor positioning.

Purdue technology "joy delivery" robot

Purdue Technology "Happy to send" robot

In positioning and navigation, Purdue uses lidar, vision, UWB, encoder, IMU multi-sensor fusion scheme, the overall positioning, navigation, obstacle avoidance accuracy can reach centimeters, basically meet the robot in the restaurant travel needs. The restaurant can set the feeding mode (direct mode / cruise mode), set the feeding point, monitor the running state of the cloud, customize the robot screen advertisement and so on.

Before using the joy-giving robot, Purdue technology requires engineers to set up base stations in the restaurant and preset the delivery route according to the restaurant's needs. When all the delivery routes are set up, the joy delivery robot can be put into use. The robot can calculate the best delivery route locally through the current delivery location, and then deliver the meal.

Since the restaurant is not a closed environment, the restaurant is not only smaller than the logistics warehouse, but also the environment is more complicated, especially considering that there will be children in the restaurant, the actual application scenario will be more complicated.

In response, Purdue Technology has developed a unique obstacle avoidance algorithm that can respond in real time. In addition, considering the peak meal time, often one meal delivery robot can not fully meet the meal delivery demand, Purdue Technology has also developed a collaborative system - this system can schedule multiple happy delivery robots to complete the meal delivery business.

" The meal delivery robot can not only solve the problem of meal delivery efficiency," said Purdue's director of science and technology, Liu Zhe. " It can also greatly reduce the cost of restaurants. Traditional waiters not only need to pay salaries, but also need to consider TA's social security issues. At the same time, sometimes a waiter asks for leave, which is also an unstable factor for the restaurant. "

Happy delivery there are hundreds of units of goods now shipped and in the process of being shipped. According to the size, each restaurant will buy 1-10 delivery robots, a machine can replace a diner. Now, according to the configuration of hardware and software, Purdue's food delivery robot is divided into two versions: the basic version (Lite) and the enhanced version (Standard). The price of a single machine is 20,000 yuan and 30,000 yuan respectively, and can be used for 24 hours after 4 hours full filling. For restaurants, basically can recover the cost of early investment within a year.

In addition to delivering meals, it also works.

In addition to the delivery, the fun delivery can also be used in the restaurant's return, as well as the hotel service industry. In some upscale hotels, they are also used to distribute items such as towels and daily necessities. “We have already reached a cooperation agreement with Sheraton Hotels in Shenzhen and Sanya, although it is only distributing food now,” Liu Zhe said. “But in the case of indoor distribution, the application scenarios are very rich, such as in hospitals. The distribution of medicines, even the distribution of some medical instruments."

Not only in hospitals, but also in closed neighborhoods, such distribution robots can be used to "deliver the last kilometer of delivery." For now, Purdue's business model is to package and sell fun delivery robots, installation services and software services. In the future, they are also considering leasing methods, such as express delivery service in the above enclosed area, which can charge the recipient according to the amount of single delivery and so on.

Happy robot in restaurant

Happy robot in restaurant

Now the joyful robots also need to rely on indoor pre-arranged base stations for positioning, but Liu Zhe said that they are developing robots that can be positioned without a base station, and relatively speaking, the positioning accuracy is higher. At the same time, in the future, these robots do not need to deliver meals according to the established route. They can calculate and learn the meal route independently, and even realize the cross-floor distribution service—for example, collaborate with the elevators on the floor to realize themselves. Take the elevator upstairs service.

Purdue Technology currently has about 70 people, more than 70% of whom are R&D personnel. The team started from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China University of Science and Technology, Siemens, Tencent, Alibaba, New America, Huawei, Dajiang and other famous universities and companies.

Purdue has now completed a round 50 million financing for Sheraton, the country Garden and the immediate landing of the bottom of the sea. They are also interested in expanding their operations overseas, although they prefer to work as agents in overseas markets.

(This article is the first titanium media, author / Tang Zhixuan)

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