‘Inebriator’ is the robotic bartender everyone needs
Anyone who said robotics and liquor don’t mix obviously never met the guy who created “The Inebriator” — a robotic alcoholic drink dispensing machine. The thing of dreams for any bachelor pad or man cave, this open-source project allows users to create the perfect drink with the touch of a button.
It uses an electronic display to provide different drink selections. Once an option is selected, motors begin to move a glass-sized pedestal to the appropriate liquor bottle. Alcohol is then dispensed based on the settings for the selected drink, and then it’s off to the end of the line so the mixers can be added in.
Dispensing of the mixers acts like a soda fountain, with a gas tank connected to the various beverage bottles. “When the gas tank is opened (through a regulator) the bottles are pressurized to a low safe pressure,” explains the creative engineer on the official Inebriator website. Each mixer is independently controllable.
Don’t worry — there are safeguards in place to prevent drunken operation of the machine. For starters, there is a force sensitive resistor to ensure that drinks will only be dispensed if there is a glass or cup correctly placed on the machine. In addition, administrative functions such as how much alcohol is to be dispensed for each drink, can only be edited with the scan of a special RFID tag.
On one hand, this is the kind of thing that should be in every high-end bar in the next five to 10 years, alongside teams of Honda Asimo bartenders. On the other hand, though, what will happen to the practice of tipping the bartender to get an extra kick to your drink? Before those very important questions are addressed, though, the only thing to do is just watch this in action and marvel at the ingenuity:
The Inebriator, via Hackaday