The robot bartender

November 16, 2014 12:26 AM

HE IS short, squat and not very good at making conversation...

HE IS short, squat and not very good at making conversation, but if it’s a cocktail you want, he’s your man. Or rather, your machine. Making its presence felt in trendy bars, cruise ships and even homes, is the robotic bartender with the generic French name of Monsieur.

The Monsieur is a boxy tabletop device that works like a vending machine for cocktails. Punch in your order on a colourful touchscreen and the machine will blend liquor with mixers and pour them into your glass, and do it much faster than a regular bartender. When fully equipped, Monsieur can make up to 300 types of drinks.

The device is the brainchild of Barry Givens, co-founder and CEO of Monsieur, the start-up behind the machine. Givens came up with the idea for a “robotic bartender”, as he calls it, while struggling to get a drink at a crowded bar. He and fellow Georgia Tech alum Eric Williams, Monsieur’s chief technology officer, designed the machine after a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.

Monsieur measures 20 inches high and 21 inches wide, and bears a colour Android touchscreen, allowing customers to browse and order drinks from up to eight mixers and liquors. The touchscreen controls coolers, pumps, sensors and other mechanical components to blend ingredients and deliver your drink. Beneath the touchscreen is an opening where you place your glass. A sensor prevents the drink from pouring until it is in place. Each Monsieur comes with 12 themes, such as “bachelorette party”, “Irish pub” or “cigar bar” and each theme offers 20-25 drink selections.

The machine offers only liquor-based drinks, but its creators are open to adding beer, wine and champagne. Consumers can also create themes and drinks, and share them with others via social media. Givens hopes Monsieur will become the iTunes of cocktails, allowing people from around the world to exchange themes and cocktails the way they share songs or albums online. One special feature of Monsieur is its artificial intelligence: the machine can recommend drinks based on what you have ordered in the past, the season or time of day.

For those who can afford the price tag of $2,700, there’s a special home unit. It is a great drinks dispenser and conversation piece at dinner parties and can even be programmed from your smartphone to prepare you a drink so it’s ready when you arrive home from work. Another feature Givens is proud of is the “responsibility” section of the Monsieur mobile app. You can enter your gender and weight, and the app will keep track of how much liquor you have consumed and estimate your blood-alcohol level. Once you have reached a certain level, Monsieur can send a notification to your phone. If you are driving, Monsieur will prompt you to the Uber app to find you a driver. It’s like reinventing the social drinking experience.

A personal robotic bartender that serves the perfect drink at the perfect time.

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