Fast food chains have been scrambling to find a way to cash in on the technological revolution going on around them. From delivery drones to meddling in VR, fast food companies are trying to brand themselves as tech savvy establishments.
Which is why KFC has unveiled its first intelligent robot concept store called “Original+.” Located in Shanghai’s National Convention and Exhibition Centre, the store features “Du Mi,” an AI-controlled robot that helps customers order food and make payments.
The Baidu-launched robot marks the first commercial use of artificial intelligence in the fast food industry, according to Chinese news outlet Sohu. Du Mi was released by Baidu during its World Conference in 2015.
According to China Daily, the store also features upgraded automatic ordering machines and Music Charging Tables. Here, customers can place cell phones with wireless charging capabilities inside a designated area. While the devices get energized, their owners can relax by enjoying a list of songs customized by BaiduMP3 for the store.