TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, Singapore

KFC brings first artificial intelligence-enabled outlet to Beijing

The chicken chain is creating a new line of 'smart' restaurants.

In partnership with Baidu Inc, China's largest search engine, KFC launched the artificial intelligence-enabled restaurant in the Financial Street area in Beijing.

The AI in the new store can scan a diner's face, and recognise their sex, age, mood and other features when they take a picture with the machine. The machine can then determine a suitable meal for the customer to order based on the completed scan.

The machine can even recognise and save customers' identities, making their next recommendations faster based on their purchase history.

Another machine is equipped with an augmented reality function, or AR function, for customers to interact with. The diners can change facial expressions by shaking their heads in front of the machine, take photos, and save them to their phones.

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