Kickstarter for a cocktail-dispensing robot


24 Responses to “Kickstarter for a cocktail-dispensing robot”

  1. Doran says:

    Wait! This isn’t a thing yet? We as a people have obviously misplaced our priorities.

    • rrh says:

      I’ve seen a similar thing years ago. It was just a one-off from a guy who makes robotic installations. But instead of built-in recipes it would create a drink by randomly mixing things, so most of them were pretty bad.

  2. oneswellfoop says:

    The recipe for the perfect margarita is going to change constantly based on the particular fruit you use in the sour mix.  I don’t go to bars where the bartenders pour me an exact, standard shot, why on earth would I want a robot to do that for me instead?

    Show me a machine that you say can make a perfect sazerac and I’ll call you a liar.  There are some things better done by hand.

    • DavidCulberson says:

       Exactly; “sour mix” is not an ingredient, it’s a compound of fruit juices.  Anybody using a bottle of “sour mix” is not making a good margarita, and it’s a waste of good tequila.

      A bar bot is a neat novelty but it’s not a way to get good drinks.  Cory, I would compare it to an Aeropress versus a superautomatic coffee maker.  You can get “okay” coffee out of the superauto machine, but it’s kind of a waste of good coffee and you’re way better served by using the Aeropress.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      A margarita is tequila, fresh lime juice and Cointreau.  What is this sour mix of which you speak?

      • DavidCulberson says:

         I like a little fresh lemon juice or orange juice in addition to the lime juice; the combo of lemon and lime juice is known as “sour mix.”  Lame margaritas contain bottled sour mix that’s 90% high fructose corn syrup and 10% fake juices.

  3. Logolepsy says:

    Finally! I’ve been wanting one of these since I read “L’Écume des Jours” by Boris Vian, which featured the “pianocktail” (a piano that turned pieces of music into drinks).

  4. Andy Reilly says:

    I can see using this for lots of tasks. But making cocktails won’t be one of them for me.

  5. Tom Ames says:

    Meters precise volumes of well liquor into a glass for you to stir with your finger. Blech.

  6. Paul Renault says:

    Prior art: A few manufacturers of photofinishing equipment had stand-alone machines which could automatically mix photofinishing chemicals from concentrates.  (Yes, a few had them built in to the processor.)

    For one of the trade shows, one manufacturer, Kreonite, rigged up one of their models (the name of the model escapes me) to mix and dispense screwdrivers, bloody marys, and some other drink. 

    My service manuals for that manufacturer have long ago been turned into paper pulp, so I dodn’t remember the model’s name or the exact year, but it was later 1983 or early 1984.  I recall that it ran on a Z80 processor, one of the precursors of the 8086..

  7. bingo says:

    You don’t need a cocktail-prepping robot to “dial in” the hideous beverages listed on their kickstarter site–all brown cows and buttery nipples.  ugh.  someone should really think through the logistics of having creamy liquids in the line for several days at a time or weeks at a time as well.  decent idea, but poorly thought out here.  peristaltic pumps are slow but accurate-a decent at-home bartending aficionado is better.

    • jandrese says:

      My thought was that you would need to have some sort of self cleaning mechanism attached that would flush the lines out with water after each shot, or you’re going to get lots of cross contamination of your drinks.

      I’m not too worried about leaving the creme based drinks in the line though, since that doesn’t seem much different than leaving them in the bottle.  It’s not like they’ll be exposed to air and you don’t have to refrigerate most of those bottles.  The alcohol content also does a good job of retarding the growth of any contaminants. 

  8. David Hathaway says:

    Impressively over engineered but measuring out the booze is the easy bit. Mixing it nicely is the hard part. Can’t see any shake with ice going on… where is the umbrellas  the twist of peal? The razzel dazzel glitz and glamour. Plus it looks ugly and oversized.

  9. Does anyone remember a humorous sf short story (from the 50s? 60s?) about a robot bartender? I’ve been trying to remember the name of the author. Email me if you know: Many thanks!

  10. Dave Pease says:

    party robotics: excelling at parties, excelling at robotics, excelling at talking about themselves in third person.

  11. Tribune says:

    when do they add the r2d2 platform?

  12. Jimmy Virani says:

    there’s already a few versions of the Piano Cocktail, such as Boris Vian intented it :

  13. Swartzkip says:

    There is a bar robot in in a local bar here:

  14. Bradley Robinson says:

    Does it provide hours of witty banter, tell bad jokes, call me a cab, have cleavage, or wear provocative attire?

    If not, I’ll just stick with analog, thanks.

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