Robo Revolution

Capitalizing on the fro-yo craze, this self-serve machine dispenses the sweet treat through use of a robotic arm. Yes, you have heard of frozen yogurt—but have you been served the cool treat by a robot? This is exactly what Allan Jones, CEO of Robofusion in Charleston SC, is looking to achieve with a frozen yogurt kiosk that is set to revolutionize the already thriving industry. According to market research firm Mintel, sales of frozen yogurt registered a 74% increase between 2011-2013 and the numbers continue to look bright with many franchise concepts getting in on the action. With the growing popularity of vending concepts, the Robofusion kiosk marries two popular trends—frozen yogurt and self-serve together. Machine mechanics The Robofusion kiosks dispense yogurt and ice cream in two sizes by using a touch screen for selections. Customers can pay using a credit card or cash for an RFID card that is inserted into the machine. On one version of the kiosk they can then choose a robot “character”—which will in turn determine the music and motions the customers are entertained with. The kiosk’s specialty is a “five-layered” treat with customers picking from a variety of toppings and yogurts for each layer. Popular flavors include vanilla and chocolate, and toppings can range from Reese’s pieces and M&Ms to chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. Once the selection is made, a robotic arm fills the cup, adds toppings and delivers the treats to the customer through a revolving platform. Spoons come from a covered dispenser on the outside. Concept creation The genesis for the machines came from a simple idea Jones had in 2007 that...
Robot serves up treats at Space Center Houston

Robot serves up treats at Space Center Houston

Source: Houston Chronicle
Author: David Kaplan

Young visitors look over the robotic frozen yogurt kiosk at Space Center Houston. Building a treat takes about 45 seconds. No one works at the frozen yogurt kiosk at Space Center Houston, but a robot is always there, ready to serve. After the robotic arm makes you a customized four-layer treat, it sets it out for you and takes a bow.

Robofusion, Inc.: Military Grade

Robofusion, Inc.: Military Grade

Robofusion Inc. has partnered with the Navy Exchange to bring RĒIS & IRVY’s Frozen Yogurt Kiosks to America’s Finest. Charleston, SC— May 30, 2013— The United States military has always been associated with using the most modern technology to defend American citizens. Now the Navy (or least their Navy Exchange retail stores) is using the latest robotic technology to serve and entertain their personnel and families with frozen yogurt kiosks from Robofusion. The relationship has started off in Norfolk, VA but will soon be expanding to other Navy Exchanges. The RĒIS & IRVY’s Frozen Yogurt Kiosks, which serve a 12-ounce fresh frozen yogurt and toppings treat in about 60 seconds, utilize a state-of-the-art robot arm to do the bidding of the user. “We are absolutely thrilled to be associated with the Navy Exchange and to bring this experience onto the base at Norfolk, VA” Said Allan Jones, CEO of Robofusion Inc. RĒIS & IRVY’s zany frozen yogurt kiosks are equally at home entertaining and delivering fresh frozen yogurt in civilian or military environments. About Robofusion Robofusion, Inc. (http://www.robofusion.com/) is the leader in Interactive Robotic Kiosks. Robofusion takes the concept of self-service to a whole new level with their latest generation of kiosks. Customers can design their own 4-layer frozen yogurt treat with Reis & Irvy’s kiosks or 5-layer ice cream and toppings treat with their Robofusion Ice Cream kiosks and have a robot build it to their exact specifications. And, make them smile. Press Contact: Kathleen Jones 2300 Clements Ferry Road #204 Charleston, SC 29492 1.888.974.4442 Kathleen.Jones@robofusion.com # #...