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Video: Mobile App-Driven Robot Bartender Makes, Shakes Drinks to Order

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Jim_E
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Jim_E   6/3/2013 9:53:42 AM
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I can't say that I'm really impressed, but I am a former robot programmer, so my viewpoint may be a bit jaded.  Looks like they just modpos'ed some motion paths.

But, robots are cool none the less, and absoutely mesmerizing to watch.

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Pubudu   6/3/2013 12:35:06 PM
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True Robot, I also expected to see how it operate through the mobile app


Elizabeth, like to see clear video of this.

Pubudu
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Pubudu   6/3/2013 12:44:20 PM
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Elizabeth, to be very honest personally I would like to see human as a bartender, who talks and smile,

simply to fulfill the need of drink, I feel that the human touch should be there. 

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Charles Murray   6/3/2013 8:22:00 PM
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I agree, Liz. Bartenders have an almost-mythic place in popular culture. Songs have been written about them. Would Frank Sinatra have sung "One for My Baby" to a robot?

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That robotic bartender
William K.   6/3/2013 10:12:29 PM
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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.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   6/4/2013 4:43:25 AM
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That's funny, Chuck! No, he most certainly would not. And I doubt Billy Joel would have said "The robot at the bar is a friend of mine..." in "Piano Man," either. :)

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   6/4/2013 4:54:52 AM
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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.

William K.
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William K.   6/4/2013 8:36:48 AM
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Elizabeth, I think that Billy Joel would probably have sung " the Droid at the bar is a friend of mine", taking that term from the Star Wars series. "Droid" just sings better, after all.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   6/4/2013 10:37:55 AM
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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.

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William K.   6/4/2013 7:24:02 PM
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That was my point, that sometimes newer is not better, but worse.

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