Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Robotic Bartending For Fun And Profit

Industrial robot maker Motoman has come out with a robotic bartender called RoboBar. With two arms, a video screen for a face, and dressed to the nines in a tuxedo, the machine is designed to turn heads and draw attention. But Motoman intends for this to be a serious business tool as well.

The company notes that RoboBar will always pour its drinks consistently meaning better inventory control. Plus with a mean-time between failure of 60,000 hours and a cost of 30 cents per hour to operate, you'll find a hard time finding a barkeep that will meet those requirements.

Customers order their drinks from a touch-sensitive screen. RoboBar mixes them up and dishes them out. It can even fill a tray of drinks for delivery elsewhere.

The company's motto for RoboBar is "We already make your car, let us make your drink."