Let's find out. Below is the survey used by our specialists to evaluate premises for robot suitability.
The floor needs to be level and smooth, with minimal distortions.
Robots generally can overcome small irregularities such as difference between flooring material, cables and bumps up to about half an inch high or deep. However, for optimal performance and in order to ensure that liquids do not spill it is recommended to deploy them on as uniform flooring as possible.
Some models such as PuduBot require installation of navigational markers (guides) on the ceiling. Other models (Bella, Ketty) can be mapped without guides, but we strongly recommend guide installation for all models for optimal navigation.
Your ceiling needs to be no higher than 25 feet for guide installation. We can use any fixtures such as ceiling fans to mount guides, and we can also install guides to up to a 30 degree angle relative to the designated route.
If your ceiling is not suitable for navigation guide installation we can still offer you to try BellaBot or KettyBot with a guide-less mapping.
Unfortunately robots don't yet know how to climb stairs.
If your space features areas with only stair access, these areas will be inaccessible to the robots. In some cases some creativity can be used to partially service such areas with robots.
Theoretically, robots can handle small inclines, but we don't recommend it.
If the incline in question is really small, we can experiment with sending the robot up and down that incline and see how comfortable you are with it. Can be suitable for bussing, not recommended for any food that can spill or slide down the plate.
Our robots are smart and can handle unusual and surprise obstacles such as kids, pets, and tipsy customers.
That being said, if your space is tight, the distance between tables is small, or your space gets really crammed, robots might become confused and even temporarily paralyzed. Make sure robots have at least 4 feet of space for passage and be able to turn around.
Robots rely on their sensors to identify obstacles. Closed doors are obstacles. If you want to use robots in areas accessed via a door it needs to be kept open or removed.
If you plan to deploy service and bussing robots, access to the kitchen is critical.
Your kitchen can be far, but it needs to have good accessibility - see above regarding floor, stairs, incline, and doors. If your kitchen is not accessible to robots, they can still be used to run food from the first accessible location, but it will be up to you to decide how efficient robots are in this case.
Want to deploy bots outdoors? If your space features outdoor space, and you want to use robots in that area, make sure your location satisfies all floor, ceiling (if the outdoor area is covered), door, incline and passage requirements above.
Robots deployment requires strong Wi-fi connection.
To properly map the premises and to maintain remote logging and control of the robot it requires constant Wi-fi connection. If your location has subpar network talk to our specialist for options to upgrade it.
Robots need to be charged daily.
Depending on the model and workload, a robot can run for 8 to 24 hours. To charge it your location needs to have a designated parking area with access to outlets. Some models such as KettyBot have self-charging docking stations, and can find their way to these stations when low on juice.