Robots will be serving frozen desserts to Little Rock customers in the near future.
Twelve fully automated robotic vending kiosks are set to be installed throughout Arkansas' capital city, with six additional locations to be placed at a later date.
The kiosks will be installed as part of a $546,750 deal with Reis & Irvy’s. The frozen yogurt and ice cream chain launched in 2016 is a California-based subsidiary of Generation NEXT, a developer of robotic technologies for the food industry.
Through a touch-screen ordering system, the robots will serve seven different flavors of frozen yogurt, ice cream, sorbet and gelato with up to six toppings. The machines, which accept payment through cash, cards, Apple Pay and Google Wallet, will deliver the product to customers within 60 seconds.
The unattended robots eliminate the need for brick-and-mortar locations and can operate 24/7 in high-traffic areas like shopping malls and hospitals, according to a news release.
The statement didn't indicate where specifically the Little Rock kiosks would be located or when they will be installed.