Robots make coffee at new cafe in Japan’s capital

Robot barista named "Sawyer" makes a coffee at Henn-na Cafe, Japanese meaning "Strange Cafe"in Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP)
Updated 02 February 2018
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Robots make coffee at new cafe in Japan’s capital

TOKYO:Japan has a robot cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista.
The robot barista Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya.
The single-armed robot scans a ticket purchased from a vending machine and greets the customer, declaring to make a cup that tastes better than one made by humans.
It grinds coffee beans, fills a filter and pours hot water over a cup for up to five people at once. A cup of brewed coffee costs 320 yen ($3) and takes a few minutes.
The cafe operator, travel agency H.I.S. Co., says robots can increase productivity while also entertaining customers.


Hollywood star Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

Updated 15 July 2018
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Hollywood star Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

  • Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium

MOSCOW: Hollywood actor and singer Will Smith performed the soccer World Cup’s official song “Live It Up” in the tournament’s closing ceremony in Moscow on Sunday.
As Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, giant screens laid out on the pitch showed images of soccer players and the colors of the Croatian and French flags — the two teams who face each other in the final.
Smith was joined on stage by Nicky Jam, a US-born singer with Puerto Rican roots, and by Era Istrefi, a pop singer who describes herself as Albanian Kosovar. Both artists had featured with Smith on the “Live It Up” single.
In the final sequence of the ceremony, Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina performed Russian folk song “Kalinka” accompanied by bagpipes, a children’s choir, and a percussion section.
That section featured a guest performer: Brazilian soccer star and past World Cup winner Ronaldinho, who for a few bars of the song hammered out the rhythm on an African drum.
The performances were a prelude to France and Croatia’s players taking to the pitch to begin their final match, in front of a packed crowd at the 80,000-seat stadium.