Lunch and Robots in Berkeley
My wife and I had a hankering for Iskander ("Alexander Kebab" a Turkish meal made with a bed of croutons covered with shaved lamb then smothered with yoghurt and tomatoes.) Not to say this has much to do with my post. But the closest practical Turkish restaurant for us to visit was in Berkeley right outside the campus of UC Berkeley.
So I opted to get some stock-shootin' in.
And that's where the robots appeared!
I knew there was a robotic food delivery service. I'd read about Kiwibots, food delivery robots that serve the UC Berkely campus and environs.
Eventually on our stroll through campus we spotted a robot.
I took chase- following the brisk pace of the Kiwi.
I particularly enjoyed watching other's expressions seeing one of these for the first time.
Eventually the robot found it's master. The Kiwi stopped next to a young woman with a mobile phone and opened up.
And eventually it moved on and yet another robot came toward it. Actually, the second robot hit the curb and got an assist from a couple in the crosswalk. And they both sat there for a sec until a guy with a bike came to replace their batteries.
Copyright Michael Halberstadt
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