For the second time in two years, the Olympic Games are being held during a worldwide pandemic.
The attendees of the Winter Olympics, which begin in Beijing on Friday, February 4, will be required to remain indoors as a “carefully guarded” closed-loop that encompasses 25 different sites.
All the athletes, volunteers, and other participants who are required to be fully vaccinated will be tested for COVID every day and they will have to wear an underarm temperature monitor.
Attendees have already been instructed to limit physical interactions like handshakes, high fives and hugs, and to adhere to the now-familiar “six feet of social distance” rule.
Coupled with the daily precautions, the organizers are relying on a number of automated options put in place to decrease the amount of face-to-face contact that happens within that loop.
According to Chinese media, the Beijing Winter Olympics Main Media Center is equipped with a huge ceiling-mounted robot arm that lowers bowls of noodles to diners who are seated at Plexiglas-surrounded tables.
Smile….(If you have ever played one of those crane games at an arcade, it’s basically that with much better odds.)
There is also a “robot chef” that cooks and prepares hamburgers and other dishes that can be delivered remotely.
Another robot takes less than four minutes to grind fresh coffee beans and brew a cup of coffee while a third — a huge metal arm — is seen working as a bartender.
Anyone who wants a cocktail scans a code on his/her phone and then waits 90 seconds while the disembodied arm wields a shaker, selects a glass, and neatly pours the drink.
The State-Run Xinhua News Agency noted that “The intelligent meal preparation and meal service system here can not only improve the efficiency of meal supply but also save manpower to the maximum extent and avoid excessive human interaction in the context of epidemic prevention and control.
It explained that “The media restaurant will operate 24 hours a day during the competition, providing various dining options such as Chinese food, Western food, and fast food.
Reports say all of these robots probably aren’t a bad idea, considering the number of people who will be staying inside the loop through the closing ceremonies.
There are about 20,000 volunteers alone — and since outside food delivery isn’t permitted , the use of robots becomes the best option.