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Robotic Bartender on Cruise Ship

Robotic Bartender on Cruise Ship

Makr Shakr

WANT TO MIX A DRINK WITH YOUR PHONE?
On Wednesday May 15, Makr Shakr – a new robotic bartending system designed by researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab – will be unveiled at Google I/O in San Francisco. The new mixology system allows users to create in real-time personalized cocktail recipes through a smart phone application and transform them into crowd-sourced drink combinations.

MAKR SHAKR – [makrshakr.com]

Makr Shakr is a new robotic bartending system that allows users to create, in real-time, personalized cocktail recipes through a smart phone application and transform them into crowd-sourced drink combinations. The cocktail creation is assembled by three robotic arms, whose movements – visualized on a large display positioned behind the bar – mimic the actions of a bartender, from the shaking of a martini to the thin slicing of a lemon garnish. The system explores the new dynamics of social creation and consumption – ‘design, make and enjoy’ – and in just the time needed to prepare a new cocktail.

Instead of trying to replace a bartender with a robot, Makr Shakr is a social experiment that looks at how people might embrace the new possibilities offered by digital manufacturing. In Makr Shakr, social connections are woven throughout the co-creation and mixing of ingredients, which are then fed back to the user through the app. With this new technology, consumers can learn from each other, sharing connections, recipes and photos on social networks. Furthermore, Makr Shakr can monitor alcohol consumption and blood alcohol levels – something beyond what a traditional bartender can do – hence promoting responsible drinking.

ROBOT BARTENDER TO SET SAIL ON CUTTING-EDGE ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE SHIP – [singularityhub.com]

There’s a new bartender set to sail on Royal Caribbean’s next-generation cruise ship—a robotic bartender, to be precise. The Makr Shakr, created by designers at MIT Senseable City Lab, may not indulge stories of your latest break-up or offer philosophical advice as it slides your Moscow Mule across the countertop—but that doesn’t mean the Makr Shakr isn’t here to entertain.

This November, the robot bartender will begin serving drinks on the state-of-the-art cruise ship ‘Quantum of the Seas’. Its abilities were first showcased at the 2013 Google I/O annual developer conference—from creating a near-infinite variety of customized drinks, to the robotic arms’ dynamic movements, capable of heavy duty motions like shaking and fine-motor skills such as slicing fruit and garnishing drinks.

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