They could at least build a bowl or similar container on the robot's head so that it could carry nuts and other nibbles around the room while it carries drinks about and plots world domination.
The Japanese robot industry is streets ahead of the competition when it comes to designing droids for peaceful uses (for war-bots, of course, the discerning purchaser shops in America). That said, Japanese robots have so far struggled to find a real, erm, killer application. This is perhaps because the robo-designers of Japan …
The gap between tables is usually too narrow for a human to pass safely, and that's without the strong possibility of a finding a handbag in the aisles or somebody getting up just as the robot is passing.
Now take into account that the person it's serving is quite likely to have changed seats between taking the order and delivering it ... I think it will be a while longer before even Honda manages to figure out how to deliver drinks to the right person by walking robot.
I'm not convinced. My childhood toy train could 'serve' drinks if my mum put a cup of orange on it and I picked it up as it passed me.
Can this robot take my order, find the right bottles out of the wine cupboard and fridge, open the bottles if necessary, find a clean glass, pour the required amounts from bottles (even if partially empty), mix correctly, and (most importantly) take an olive out of a jar and stick it on a cocktail stick?
Because if it can't do any of the above (not to mention clearing up afterwards and pointing me towards the loo*), it is less than worthless and will cause MORE work for me, not make my life easier.
*Unless, of course, it has a handy port for this. In which case I take my criticism back.
P.S. Where's the "I'm orff to the pub" / "mine's a stout" icon?
The original robotic bartender, Cynthia, 7ft tall.
I think Cynthia's Robotic Bar & Restaurant was closed in 2004 and she was unemployed when it beame a Nigerian nightclub called Wicked.. It may have reverted to being called Astia or astronia-london which was refused a public entertainments license. But two years ago they had 2 robot bartenders working there,Cynthia and Rastus?
She's either dead and ripped out, or in he corner of the bar waiting for another owner to come along.Someone should go down there,4 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2SY Under London Bridge.
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