A Restaurant Hires Its First Robot Employee…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened last week and how it affects your business. Do you miss them?

1. Wilmington Restaurant hires its first robotic staff.

A restaurant in Wilmington, North Carolina recently hired its first robotic staff. aRtisano Pizza & Gelato has welcomed its newest employee, a robot named Chris. The robot was created by an engineer who previously worked for Google and has since started California-based Bear Robotics. Chris distributes orders for singing hosting assistance to restaurant and bus owners. (Source: WECT 6)

Why it’s important to your business:

I feel like this is a pretty much marketing ploy. But not for long. Most of the robotic technology used in restaurants is still in its infancy (although companies like Miso Robotics are doing something very interesting). However, we will see more small restaurants that rely on robotic technology in the coming years to replace workers they could not find.

2 – Google has introduced a new machine learning add-on for Google Sheets.

Google recently introduced an add-on for Google Sheets. New learning machine add-ons. Also known as Simple ML for sheets Allows users to take advantage of machine learning capabilities without having previous experience with coding. The add-on is currently in beta with the goal of helping everyone take advantage of machine learning. (Source: MarkTech Post)

Why it’s important to your business:

Google expert Abner Li of 9TO5Google writes that Simple Ml will help business owners make better predictions based on their data. For example, “If you own a car repair shop that keeps track of past repairs with data points such as vehicle type, repair type, and distance, you can use a simple ML to predict the number of hours needed to repair a car.”

3 – Robco is bringing modular robots to small, industrial businesses.

Robco, a startup, recently launched a platform to design affordable modular robots for small and medium businesses. The founders of the Munich-based startup aim to use the new funds to add more customers and expand what existing modules are capable of. There are currently three components that make up the supply chain, including pallet placement, laser engraving, and lathe rotation. (Source: Tech Crunch)

Why it’s important to your business:

Robco robots will help SMB manufacturers better automate palletizing, laser engraving and machine turning. The important thing to note here is that the company’s price point for its products is in the most affordable range for smaller companies, which means that SMBs can get access to robotic technology forever. To date, it is used only by large organizations.

4 – Microsoft is adding screen capture to the Snipping Windows 11 device.

Microsoft recently announced that it will be adding screen capture capabilities to its Snipping device in Windows 11. With this new feature, users will no longer need to use third-party software to record video on their computer. The user will need to open the application and select the option to record. (Source: Bleeping Computer)

Why it’s important to your business:

This is a big deal for me personally, I often use Microsoft’s “snip” function (just type “snip” in the search bar) to capture something All from my screen. With the ability to record quickly and easily, it will enable our business to share more information on how to use our products with our customer base.

5 – Remote work is better with this portable touch screen monitor.

Entrepreneur Magazine recently named the Desklab Portable Touchscreen Monitor a must-have for anyone still working remotely. The touch screen monitor can be easily tucked into a backpack, and its 4K display gives users the flexibility of a tablet. The monitor can be connected via a 3.5mm, HDMI, or USB-C port and used with tablets, game consoles, phones, desktops, or laptops. (Source: Entrepreneur)

Why it’s important to your business:

I have heard of some customers who use this monitor remotely and like it.

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