Robot bartender serves up safe booze to South Koreans

Meet the robot bartender

shaking up a storm in South Korea

CABO CARVING ICE CUBE AND THEN STOPPING AND SAYING (Korean): "Do you see this? A beautiful ice ball has been made."

Cabo the six-foot humanoid robot

is the face of a new era of bartending

It is helping to bring safer, contactless service

to Seoul's cocktail-lovers

and has a special flare for shaping ice

(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) BARTENDER AT COFFEE BAR K, CHOI WON-WOO, SAYING:

"Since this space is usually filled with people, customers tend to feel very anxious. I think the customers will feel safer when the robot carves and serves the ice rather than we do it ourselves."

Cabo picks up the more labor intensive jobs

so his human colleagues don't have to

(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) BARTENDER COFFEE BAR K, CHOI WON-WOO, SAYING:

"I don't think a robot can fill the shoes of an actual person when it comes to communication. So when it comes to that, we'll do the service part and the robot will take over a lot of the technical roles, like carving ice."