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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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