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10/12/2012

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The machine comes with a Hitachi HD44780 compatible display to display drink information and buttons to navigate the menu. The Inebriator also boasts a stepper motor to drive the drink shelf, with acceleration and deceleration to allow high speed without spilling, and a DC motor to operate the optics.
The machine comes with a Hitachi HD44780 compatible display to display drink information and buttons to navigate the menu. The Inebriator also boasts a stepper motor to drive the drink shelf, with acceleration and deceleration to allow high speed without spilling, and a DC motor to operate the optics.

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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.

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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. 

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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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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.

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