Robots Are Ready to Shake (and Stir) Up Bars

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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 gadgets on board the next-generation of cruise liners

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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.


LA robot bartender could be mixing you drinks in your hotel room

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Mixing the perfect drink could soon be as easy as pushing a few buttons. A Los Angeles-based startup has launched the Somabar, a $430 robot bartender that can create simple mixed drinks selected by the user via the device's accompanying app. It could one day replace minibars in hotel rooms, help busy bartenders in restaurants or be used to mix drinks for airplane passengers. An LA-based startup has launched the Somabar (pictured), a robot bartender that can create mixed drinks selected by the user via the device's touchscreen or an accompanying app The Somabar is a futuristic robot bar that can mix drinks in 10 seconds or less. It's made of hardwood and plastic and can store up to six different Soma Pods, where users manually fill and remove air-tight containers of alcohol.