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Robots Are Ready to Shake (and Stir) Up Bars

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

The silver-and-turquoise lounge, in the Miracle Mile Shops mall on the Strip, has 28 counter-style seats, each equipped with a tablet, facing a bar counter topped with two industrial-grade robotic arms. Patrons can order signature and classic cocktails, or fill a virtual cup with up to 14 ingredients of their choosing. Then the robotic arms go to work, gathering ingredients from a kind of futuristic back-bar automat; reaching up to a lattice of 120 liquor bottles; and tipping the resulting cocktail into a plastic cup proffered by a mechanical dispenser in the counter. Drinks take 60 to 90 seconds to make, and cost $12 to $16, said Stephan Mornet, president of Robotic Innovations, Tipsy Robot's parent company. For its automated bar, Tipsy Robot turned to Makr Shakr, an Italian startup that built its first robot bartender for Google I/O, the annual developer conference, in 2013.


Tech Tracker: Robots, automation dominate at NRA food show

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This is part of NRN's special coverage of the 2018 NRA Show, being held in Chicago, May 19-22. Visit NRN.com for the latest coverage from the show, plus follow us on Twitter and Facebook. In a short few years, the restaurant industry has evolved at a rapid clip to provide the kind of digital wizardry and convenience that society demands today. And many restaurant brands have risen to the challenge. Starbucks was an early adopter of mobile ordering and pay ahead technology, and now consumers can't imagine life without their latte waiting for them at the pickup counter.


London Store Selfridges Installs Robot Bartender for Holidays - Robot News

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Holiday shopping can be quite stressful. After dealing with traffic, crowded stores and overpriced merchandise you may just want to rest and perhaps have a nice stiff drink. Well if you happen to be shopping in London, you are in luck. London department store Selfridges has installed a robot bartender from Makr Shakr. It will be located at the Smartech store on the lower ground floor and will be serving a wide variety of drinks to stressed-out shoppers.


The robots are coming, and this is how they will change the future of work

ZDNet

If you go to the Makr Shakr bar in Milan, a top-notch rooftop venue overlooking the city's famous cathedral, you won't be greeted by any bartenders -- that is, of the human kind. This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, looks at how the explosive growth in robotics is affecting specific industries, like healthcare and logistics, and the enterprise more broadly on issues like hiring and workplace safety. Instead, you'll be able to order your cocktail via an app, playing around with how strong you want the drink to be, or selecting add-ons like bitters or lemon; and your order will be sent straight to the double-armed robot working behind the bar. Emanuele Rossetti, CEO of Makr Shakr, explains that the robot can be up to four times faster than a real-life bartender in preparing customers' drinks. "But that's not very fun to watch," he argues, and so the robotic arms have been slowed down to match the pace of a human. SEE: An IT pro's guide to robotic process automation (free PDF) (TechRepublic) The Makr Shakr can prepare two types of drink: easy ones, like a rum and coke, but also the more complex ones, which require the shaking-and-stirring that are the signature moves of bartenders.


The gadgets on board the next-generation of cruise liners

Daily Mail - Science & tech

They were once seen as the holiday of choice for the over-60s looking for cabaret and formal dining. Now, cruise companies are pushing the boat - or ship - out in an attempt to attract younger customers through the use of futuristic tech. From bionic bars to high-speed internet and even puzzle rooms, the latest launch of Harmony of the Seas is hoping to introduce these gadgets to a wider audience. The Bionic Bar, pictured, is powered by roboticists at Makr Shakr. Customers order cocktails, from either a set a menu or by designing their own concoction, and the order is sent to a pair of single-armed robots attached to a makeshift'bar' Harmony of the Seas made its inaugural sailing last weekend and started its first trip to Rotterdam on Tuesday.