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Last Updated: Monday October 09 2006 18:58 GMT

Robots take orders in restaurant

A robot waiter in China

A restaurant in China is proving a big hit with customers, and it's not just because of the food being dished up.

Instead it's the way the food is being served that's filling chairs and tables with hungry people, with robots replacing waiters and waitresses.

The robot shows customers to their tables, they place their order into his microphone and their food is cooked.

At the moment the robot hands over to a person to make the meals, but in future robot chefs could be in the kitchen.

The man who invented the Robo Waiter 1 said: "People like high-tech gadgets. Since the launch of the robot, the sales of the restaurant have increased by 20 to 30 per cent."

And the waiter is proving very popular with the younger customers, with one diner saying: "My daughter really likes to come to this restaurant because she finds the robot very interesting and is something new to her.

"This is the third time we have eaten in this restaurant and today she has brought her classmate here too."

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