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The Social Drink Machine takes your order via Facebook and Twitter

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November 16, 2012

The Social Drink Machine is a robotic bartender that takes your order via Facebook or Twit...

The Social Drink Machine is a robotic bartender that takes your order via Facebook or Twitter apps on your mobile phone

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Robofun, which bills itself as the largest open-source hardware store in Romania, has built a robotic bartender called The Social Drink Machine. It takes its inspiration from another recently created "botender," The Inebriator, which the team at Robofun felt could be improved with a social media interface. They built their own robot from scratch in just 10 days and added Facebook and Twitter apps that let you order drinks from a mobile phone.

All you have to do is scan a QR code near the robot, and you'll be whisked to a Facebook app that lets you choose a drink. If you'd prefer, you can tweet "gimme drinks @socialdrinkbot" to access the Twitter app. Then you plop down your glass on a holding tray, and the Arduino-powered robot does the rest. An even earlier robotic bartender, built at the University of Saarland in 2006, could take your order using speech recognition.

Sure, it's a bit too slow to replace human bartenders, but that's not really the point. The team created the robot to demonstrate what they can do. According to Viorel Spinu, the CEO and founder of Robofun, the Social Drink Machine is being leased for corporate events, and they're building an enhanced version for a local beverage brand. They have no plans to market it. You can watch it doing its thing in the following video.

Source: Robofun Create via Gizmodo

About the Author
Jason Falconer Jason is a freelance writer based in central Canada with a background in computer graphics. He has written about hundreds of humanoid robots on his website Plastic Pals and is an avid gamer with an unsightly collection of retro consoles, cartridges, and controllers.   All articles by Jason Falconer
1 Comment

Not quite as versatile as the old Bar Monkey project.

http://www.deepthought.org/~dcooper/barmonkey/

But way more entertaining to watch!

Bob Ehresman
16th November, 2012 @ 03:06 pm PST
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