Video: Mobile App-Driven Robot Bartender Makes, Shakes Drinks to Order
Like a real bartender, Makr Shakr -- a robot designed through a collaboration between MIT, Coca-Cola, and Bacardi -- can mix and shake up drinks according to customer preference. (Source: MakrShakr.com)
GTOlover, I agree - actually this is one of the last places I would want to see as a venue for robotic technology. It doesn't make a quality of life improvement by having robots and doesn't warrant the expense. Besides, bartenders are like hairdressers - people want to talk to them. And regarding the argument that a robot can better judge a person's blood alcohol content, if a robot thinks the person has drank too much - how effective is he going to be in talking the person into taking a cab or getting one of his buddies to take him home?
Of course I still go through a checkout line that has a real checker at the grocery store...
I sadly agree with Nancy, rather than utilizing the resources and funds on more important areas for the benefit of people. They are spending these funds on unnecessary wants.
And somethings are meant to be like they are. Just as we own trimers and all sorts of hair cutting equipment, we still feel the need to go to a barbor. Similarly, bartenders are meant to stay where they are. Its just the order of natural things.
That's a really good point, Nancy. I think sometimes these technologies are developed to prove certain things in theory and to improve upon other technologies. Like I said before, the James robot bartender the German engineers built was meant to test some aspects of human-robot interaction. But this seems to be more gimmicky, and as you suggest, perhaps not the best use of an investment.
Yes, GTOLover, that's what makes inventions like this a bit off-putting. The whole idea of a bartender is the social-interaction factor. Bartenders are often amateur psychologists! So that makes the idea of being served by one a bit less attractive. The German bartender was meant to be a bit more interactive; in fact, that robot was built to test social interaction between humans and robots.
Haha, WilliamK...good one! And after that he may have added, "These are not the droids you're looking for." ;) OK, I think this commentary is an increidble digression. So let's leave it at that! Although it all does prove the point that there are some things for which I think robots will never be adequate replacements for humans.
The robot arms bartender is a marketing gimmick and it will be successful until the novelty wears off. Then it can be reprogrammed to be a robot fry cook, which might be a good application for a robot, i that few interact with the fry cook, and it is a challenge to get things cooked just right.
Computer bartender machines have been built quite a few times, using various degrees of industrial type hardware, and having a library of hundreds of drinks. Some worked well and most we never heard about after the initial fanfare. The problems are inherent in food and drink handling machinery, tht it must be kept clean, and clean is hard on machines. So they are either dirty or clean and damaged by cleaning, or damaged by the very products that they produce.
Besides all of that, standard industrial robots simply move too fast.
Good idea, William K. There already are robot fry cooks in China, I think, and you're right--robots probably work best in situations that don't call for social interaction but rather repetitive movements that can end up being quite boring for a human.
I agree Nancy. I had rather have a real person tending bar than a 'bot. Also, who's going to say "hay buddy--you've had one too many". Give me the keys; I'll call you a cab. One other thing, how about the various quantities of each component for the drinks? It seems to me the "formula" would have to be one size fits all. Excellent post though.
Thanks, bobjengr. Yes, it seems most (and even I) would tend to agree with you...we'd prefer human bartenders. Though sometimes when it's really busy at a bar I imagine a robot might be more efficient. And even though this robot can tell when a person's had one too many (theoretically), I'm not sure how it could prevent the person from driving home? Unless it grabs them menacingly with its robotic arm and holds them down, which would be a bit scary!
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