Makr Shakr uses three arms for drink-recipe collabs

May 15, 2013 by Nancy Owano weblog

(Phys.org) —We're told it's the wave of the future. Design, make, enjoy. Beyond home-based 3-D printers, there will be new machines and display screens and apps that will invite you to have day to day products just the way you want them. Digital buffets await and not surprisingly the time is now to contemplate robot bartender systems. Such a system is on display now, which can serve the cocktail of your latest twist of imagination. Makr Shakr is the name of the new system which goes on display at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, starting Wednesday. The drink-making robotic system made its debut during Milan Design Week 2013, and is making a debut in its final configuration at the Google event. The system can make the cocktail you want with its three robotic arms, which mimic the actions of a bartender. Shaking a Martini and slicing lemon garnishes are part of its repertoire. A smartphone app allows users create their cocktail concoctions from scratch.

The concept is that users will be able to order up personalized cocktail recipes on demand through their smartphone application and transform them into crowd-sourced drink combinations.

This video is not supported by your browser at this time.

You can thank the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's SENSEable City Lab for devoting thought and labor for this one. In fact, "robot bartender" is not the term that suits this project, but rather smartphone controlled mixologist—with three arms. The SENSEable City Lab is a research initiative at MIT. The lab is promoting its robotic bar system as "offering the crowd a taste of the third !"

The user can look at what other people suggest before sending in the recipe. and collaborations come into play where users can share their drink recipes and photos and come up with combos based on crowdsourcing. The MakrShakr experience is potentially "social, as far as drink-ordering goes, by way of the app.

This video is not supported by your browser at this time.

The robot movements were modeled on the gestures of Roberto Bolle, a dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. Movements were used as input for programming the Makr Shakr's gestures. The system is also designed to monitor the individual's alcohol consumption and blood alcohol levels.

All in all, the Makr Shakr concept appears to be a commerce-rich Noah's Ark for hungry vendors. As for the next "industrial revolution," that Ark would, at least in theory, be able to move confidently with Happy Hour and hospitality sectors to invite on board along with fruit-growers' associations. As for now, the project was completed in collaboration with the Coca-Cola company and Bacardi.

Explore further: Drones thrill Martha Stewart... and US prison convicts

More information: www.makrshakr.com/

Related Stories

Facebook Home off to slow start on Google Play

Apr 22, 2013

A little more than a week after being released, Facebook's new interface for Android smartphones, Facebook Home, has crossed the 500,000 mark for downloads on the Google Play application store.

Facebook Home features spread to iPhones

Apr 16, 2013

Facebook said Tuesday that features from its new Home software for Android-powered smartphones will begin spreading this week to Apple's popular iPhones.

NASA uses Leap Motion to move ATHLETE rover (w/ video)

Apr 01, 2013

(Phys.org) —NASA representatives were at the 2013 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco to show how the ATHLETE robot, a six-legged robot developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in southern ...

Recommended for you

Berkeley team explores sound for indoor localization

3 hours ago

The global positioning system, or GPS, has its limitations—namely, it cannot work indoors. Potential solutions for indoor positioning continue to fire up the imaginations of scientists. The latest news ...

Tesla loss widens as it ramps up expansion plan

3 hours ago

US electric automaker Tesla Motors reported Thursday a widening loss in the past quarter amid record revenues as it ramped up plans for a giant battery plant for future vehicles.

CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying

4 hours ago

For months, CIA Director John Brennan had stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Telekinetic
1 / 5 (1) May 15, 2013
Yeah, but can robotic arms listen with sympathy to every Joe Blow who needs to unload his life story the way a human bartender can? I think not. Which reminds me of the time my first wife...