Have a bar bot-in-progress on your workbench, or perhaps already whirring around the countertops of your kitchen, dispensing cocktails like a Rosie the Robot commissioned for a Mad Men 2050s spin-off series? Well, the same crew that hosted the latest edition of the annual cocktail robotics BarBot: Automatic event back in March of this year will be hosting another event this October.
These robots don’t clean the carpets. What they will do is much, much better. They make you a drink! Let your roommate do the vacuuming. These bots have got better programming on their mind.
If there is one thing that bright, over-21-year-old hackers and robotics enthusiasts enjoy doing, it is finding rather oblique and entertaining ways to combine their passions for technology with the activity of a good party. Throw in a tendency to pursue the invention of rather inspired character — and behavior! — designs and this bar night + science fair activity is almost guaranteed to entertain. (Just be wary of the ole BarBot trick to cheat by spiking their cocktails with absinthe and other delightful … tongue-anesthetics.)
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Our BarBot dreams were sadly crushed by the man. Coca-Cola sent us a cease and desist letter back in 2005 for infringing on their patents. Turns out they were getting ready to reveal their Coca-Cola Freestyle machine.