Robotics are quickly integrating into every part of the consumer’s life, and the bar is no exception. A robotic bartender can now serve up nearly 30 types of alcoholic beverages. Royal Caribbean cruise company announced a partnership with Makr Shakr this week to introduce the Bionic Bar, a robotic bartender, on its first smart ship, the Quantum of the Seas.
The Telegraph reports that each robot can produce a drink in one minute and may make as many as 1,000 drinks over the course of a day. Cruise customers place their orders on a tablet. Then they watch their robot produce a perfect drink. Guests taste buds will be saved from poorly blended concoctions, even if the bartender leaves a little wanting in the variety of drinks it can make.
Check out the Bionic Bar by Makr Shakr in action below.
The Quantum of the Seas is designed to be the most technologically advanced cruise ship in the world. Guests are equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) wristbands. These smart wristbands allow customers to make purchases and unlock doors with a simple shake of the wrist. Other smart devices such as tablets and smartphone applications allow people to make appointments and store preferences, such as food allergies and reservations, before the cruise begins. They may even tell bartenders when guests have had enough to drink.
The robotic bartender will not only help the consumer, but bar owners who may be able to save money on inexpensive robots that produce drinks quickly and correctly. Robotics are entering every sphere of life, as covered by the Inquisitr, with artificial limbs and other devices that make people’s quality of life better.
Makr Shakr is not the only company getting in on the robotic bartender trend. The Monsieur, by a company of the same name, also blends beverages. According to the Spirits Business, the bartender Monsieur was funded through a Kickstarter campaign in January of this year. Backers even included NBA player Glen Davis and NFL player Derrick Morgan. The first group of their robotic bartender has sold out, and more are on the way.
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Customers will also be able to use the robotic bartender via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Zigbee, assures Monsieur co-founder and CEO, Barry Givens.
“People want smart connected devices that provide great design, choice, and convenience.”
Robotic bartenders may not become a household staple — the Monsieur costs nearly $4,000 — but they are an indication that technology is infiltrating all industries.
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