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March 29, 2016 AT 8:00 am

Beer-pouring robot alerts you with text messages and a laser

Meet Texterator, a bartender replying robot that puts beer when you text it and marks the cup for you with a laser. via geek wire

We’ve already seen robots that get you a beer and coffee machines that start brewing when you text. Now, those two glorious ideas are coming together with the Texterator, a machine that gets you a beer when you text it. Maybe the days of struggling to get the bartender’s attention are finally behind us.

Zipwhip’s Texterator, a fun side project for the texting technology company, debuted last week at the GeekWire 5th Anniversary Bash — pouring beers for attendees who didn’t want to wait for the lines at the bar. Attendees could text “Beer” to a special number to claim their spot in line. Then, the robot would text back letting them know when the beer was being poured so they could head over and pick it up.

But how do you know which beer is yours? That’s where the laser comes in, of course. After pouring, the robot laser-etches the last four digits of your phone number into the red Solo cup. Want a second beer? Texterator lets you know if you’re drinking too fast or have had too many with its smart relies.

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1 Comment

  1. Adafruit helped make the Texterator possible! The Adafruit Motorshield controls DC gearmotors for the turntable, cup lift, and tap handle. Adafruit flow sensor monitors beer dispensing. TInyG controls cup motion for the marking laser.

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