SAKETIMES NEWS – Apr 3rd, 2018

The Latest Sake News from Around The World - "AI" will help you Traveling, Finding Sake, and Ordering at the Restaurant


CONTENTS
1: The World’s Most Advanced Hospitality? AI Chat Concierge “Bebot” to Greet Foreign Visitors to Tokyo Station
2: AI help to find your favorite sake! BAR YUMMY SAKE open five days from Mar. 30th in Shibuya
3: May AI take your order? Amazon’s Alexa becomes a bartender by adding drink order skills

The World’s Most Advanced Hospitality? AI Chat Concierge “Bebot” to Greet Foreign Visitors to Tokyo Station

In keeping with Japan’s reputation as a technologically advanced nation, Tokyo Station will begin offering foreign guests the first AI chat concierge in the world, Bebot. Bespoke co. says Bebot will allow foreigner travellers to use their smartphone to receive free information on travel, including: information on Tokyo Station City, how to get on the bullet train, sightseeing spots around the station, and more. The service will be available in both English and Chinese and is intended to help alleviate multi-lingual hurdles and congestion at Tokyo Station, which currently receives around 400,000 visitors per day.

LINK: PRTIMES | 2018/3/20 | 訪日外国人向けAIチャットコンシェルジュ「Bebot」、3月21日より東京駅エリアでサービス提供を開始

AI help to find your favorite sake! BAR YUMMY SAKE open five days from Mar. 30th in Shibuya

Want to find the sake you love without being influenced by all the conflicting information out there? Project Yummy is setting up a pop-up bar where those new to the world of sake can find a type that suits their taste. From May 30 (Wednesday) to June 3 (Sunday) BAR YUMMY SAKE will be operating in Shibuya GALLERY X BY PARCO.The bar will offer what they refer to as a [Blind tasting × Understanding] experience designed to gauge user preferences through the use of artificial intelligence.  fThe bar is taking reservations from Tuesday, March 22, so don’t wait!

◎Event Information

  • Dates: May 30th – June 3rd
  • Hours: Weekday 5:00pm-11:00pm / Weekend  1:00pm-11:00pm
  • Venue: GALLERY X BY PARCO (13-17 Utagawa-cho Shibuya Tokyo)
  • Cost: 2,500 yen (Advanced sale 2,000 yen)
  • Reservation: Cubic

LINK: PRTIMES | 2018/3/22 | 全ての日本酒を12種に分類!「BAR YUMMY SAKE」渋谷に5日間限定オープン

May AI take your order? Amazon’s Alexa becomes a bartender by adding drink order skills

Artificial Intelligence continues to grow and Amazon’s Alexa service is keeping pace by expanding the Amazon Echo series with business skills developed by Headwaters Co., Ltd. Alexa is now able to take your drink order at a pub (or izakaya).

The compact Amazon Echo Dot awaits customers at the exclusive seat. After saying, “Alexa, open the drink menu”, the customer can then order any drink from the menu. The experimental pub is located inside Tenkunotsuki in Shibuya. Seats offering Alexa are limited, so it’s best to make a reservation. The number of menu items that can be ordered via the voice function, as well as more detailed explanations about specific food and sake, along with other functions, will be rolled gradually out over time as the technology advances.

With Japan’s restaurant industry having trouble finding staff, perhaps AI services like this will be the answer. Time will tell.

LINK: PRTIMES | 2018/3/19 | 国内初、居酒屋でスマートスピーカーに音声注文できるAlexa(アレクサ)オーダー席の予約開始。