'Flying robot waiters' CEO in trouble
In 2015, Singapore-based startup Infinium made headlines when it launched its star product – autonomous drone waiters – at trendy local restaurant Timbre @ The Substation. The drones would fly back and forth from the kitchen carrying drinks and dishes to customers.
In April, Infinium’s CEO Woon Junyang was charged by the Singaporean government’s Ministry of Manpower over unpaid employee salaries. He faces three counts of failing to “pay salary to employee under dismissal” and one count of failing to pay the salary “due on termination by the employee due to breach of contract by the employer”. Court proceedings are still ongoing, but Junyang could face a fine of up to $10,700 and up to six months in jail.