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Beth Stackpole
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My kind of machine
Beth Stackpole   10/12/2012 8:24:18 AM
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Nice use of tapping into the power of the Arduino platform. The addition of the RFID sensor to cut off those that partake too much is clever. I have to say, the Siri-driven margarita maker looks a little less cludgey and more appealing to me.

TunaFish#5
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need a "shaken, not stirred" attachment
TunaFish#5   10/12/2012 10:53:19 AM
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current design provides for nice color gradients in boat drinks, but falls short in the proper production of a martini.

NadineJ
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defeats the point
NadineJ   10/12/2012 11:14:16 AM
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I don't drink alcohol but from what I've seen, the interaction between the bartender and guest is important.  The skill needed to make a "good drink" or even get create something new and unique is appreciated.  Perfection isn't required.

This looks cool but it's dry and impersonal.  It's the equivalent of an automated sushi chef. 

Beth Stackpole
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Re: defeats the point
Beth Stackpole   10/12/2012 2:02:56 PM
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Agreed it defeats the point, Nadine. Plus after watching the video, all the different stops for different alcohol flavors coupled with the LED colored flashing lights gave it a rather manufactured feel, not to mention, giving me a slight hang over. Too much like the equvialent of fast food for cocktails. I'll stick with a cocktail made with hands-on professional attention. Maybe we could pair this machine with the Popinator!

mrdon
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Re: defeats the point
mrdon   10/12/2012 3:35:03 PM
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NadineJ, I agree. The machine is very impersonal and I don't really see the point behind it. The entertainment behind it is loss by the robo-tech appearance. I'm an advocate for robots that perform tasks too dangerous for humans but making drinks for social events just doesn't seem right. Although the machine has no appeal to me, I agree with using the Arduino Mega2560 microcontroller platform in managing the Inebriator's extensive I/O.

Charles Murray
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Wave of the future?
Charles Murray   10/12/2012 6:07:31 PM
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I find few things more annoying than an automated phone attandant, but these days, nearly every company uses them instead of a human operator. If someone can find a way to eliminate the need for a human bartender and save money, this will become popular, too, unfortunately.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Wave of the future?
Rob Spiegel   10/14/2012 10:11:59 PM
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Chuck, while I'm not so sure this machine really beats the human bartender, there are some automated functions that have really earned their keep. I prefer the ATM to the inside-the-building teller. Paying a bill online or via an automated system on the phone beats mailing the coupon. And half the time I make a phone call, I prefer reaching voicemail. I can efficiently deliver my message and go.

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Neat but
Cadman-LT   10/14/2012 7:18:53 PM
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I agree. It is a very neat machine, but there is something to be said for having an actual real person for a bartender.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Neat but
Rob Spiegel   10/14/2012 10:07:51 PM
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This is a cool machine, but from the bartenders I've seen, this machine would be a tad slow. However, I'm sure this would be useful for tracking drinks, tracking supply consumption, and controlling portions. 

notarboca
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Re: Neat but
notarboca   10/17/2012 8:52:31 PM
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I think the automated bartender would have it's niche, but I'll stick with the good old fashioned human for quickness and knowledge of mixology.  This in no way takes away from the design and function of The Inebriater; great project, use of microcontrollers and other technologies.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Neat but
Rob Spiegel   10/22/2012 8:31:18 PM
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Yes, it is a good display of technology, Notarboca. Even if this isn't a reasonable replacement for a bartender, it does show off technology that would be very useful in other automation and control settings.

akwaman
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Re: Neat but
akwaman   10/22/2012 3:40:45 PM
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I agree with Rob and mrdon:  cool machine, but when you are talking spirits, there is no substitute for a human at the controls for alcohol.  Not only is a good bartender fun to watch and to converse with, they can vary the amounts of alcohol to fit the customer and situation, and they are fast.  What happens when the machine breaks and the bartender doesn't know how to make an Alabama Slammer?  You don't want to know. :}  

Maybe this machine needs a breathalizer attached, that would prevent you from getting drinks at all after a certain amount, or regulate the amount of alcohol in your drinks accordingly.  Yea... then you could take all the fun out of going to a bar.  This kind of device is indicative of our changing business landscape, that is... removing people from the equation so that someone can make more money than they deserve, and supply an inferior product.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Neat but
Rob Spiegel   10/24/2012 12:34:34 AM
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I agree with the earlier comment that this machine was designed to display motion control technology and not meant to seriously replace a bartender. Though the machine is fun to watch, when compared to a bartender in a busy situation, it is really rather slow.

brewman007
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Re: Neat but
brewman007   10/15/2012 11:54:02 AM
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I agree also Cadman-LT, but this set up looks more for someones personal bar in their house.  I can see this being in the Neiman Marcus catalog.

Cadman-LT
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Re: Neat but
Cadman-LT   10/15/2012 5:57:02 PM
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Very good point brewman007, it would be great to have at home(if you're really rich!). I am no mixologist that's for sure!

ChasChas
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Strange
ChasChas   10/15/2012 12:03:09 PM
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The body likes alcohol just for the fun of it.

The conscience abhors the pollution.

The brain then needs an excuse or permission.

It's hard to get it from a machine.

Charles Murray
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Re: Strange
Charles Murray   10/15/2012 10:53:23 PM
Interesting observations, ChasChas. here's one more observation courtesy of Homer Simpson... "Alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems."

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