Now, robot bartender to serve cocktails

Last Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 15:40

London: Scientists have developed a robot that can act as the perfect bartender - from shaking a martini to slicing a lemon.

Makr Shakr consists of three robotic arms which mimic the actions of a bartender.

The robots are linked to an app which allows users to create their own cocktails from scratch, BBC News reported.

"Makr Shakr is a great example of how digital technologies are changing the interaction between people and products," said Carlo Ratti, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology`s Senseable City Lab, which directed the project.

"The system explores the new dynamics of social creation and consumption - `design, make and enjoy` - allowing users to design their own cocktail creations, while digitally controlled machines transform these designs into reality," Ratti said.

The team behind the project hope to create a "bottom-up bar culture", allowing users to learn from each other by sharing drink recipes and photos.

The robots` movements have been modelled on the gestures of Roberto Bolle, a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.

Makr Shakr will be serving cocktails to delegates at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco this week.

PTI




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