The Beijing 2022 Olympic Games organisers have revealed additional uses for the robots that will be deployed at the Wukesong Arena, including the ability to make coffee.
According to a story published by Beijing 2022, the machines are capable of grinding coffee beans and placing them in a percolator to brew a cup in four minutes.
They will be used at the Chinese capital’s venue, which will host the Games’ ice hockey tournaments.
Additionally, robots assisting with logistical operations will assist with event management at the Wukesong Arena.
Staff members can load these robots with items weighing between 30 and 300 kilogrammes, which will then be transported to and unloaded at a designated delivery point.
The technology enables the robots to navigate around obstacles and recharge themselves automatically.
“When the robot arrives, it will send a text message to the pickup person, and customers will be able to pick up their goods using a verification code,” Zhang Fan, the Arena’s logistics manager, explained.
“After delivery, the robot is disinfected and recharged at its docking station.”
Last month, it was revealed that robots would be used at a test event at the Wukesong Arena to assist in the implementation of COVID-19 countermeasures, including disinfecting the venue, providing hand sanitiser to attendees, and reminding them to wear masks.
Robots, including those modelled after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic mascots Miraitowa and Someity, assisted in the organisation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled for February 4–20, making it the first city to host both the Winter and Summer Games.
This will be followed by the Winter Paralympics, which will take place in March of next year.