February 23, 2020

Bionic Bar – robotic bar-tender from @makr_shakr starts serving drinks

The world’s first robotic bar-tending system – designed by renowned architect, engineer and inventor, Carlo Ratti – has made its debut, onboard on Royal Caribbean’s new ‘smart’ cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, in Southampton.

Makr Shakr is an innovative new mixology system that allows users to create personalised cocktail recipes in real-time through a smartphone application – also transforming them into crowd-sourced drink combinations.

The Bionic Bar powered by Makr Shakr is located at the centre of Royal Caribbean’s new Anthem of the Seas latest ‘smart’ cruise ship. To use Makr Shakr, users will access a simple app on a tablet, allowing them to create an almost limitless number of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink combinations. The cocktail creations will then be assembled by two robotic arms, whose movements – shown on a large display positioned behind the bar – mimic the actions of a bartender, from the shaking of a martini to the thin slicing of a lemon garnish to the muddling of a mojito. Guests will have the possibility to name their own recipes, access their order history and reorder their favourite cocktails, while rating and commenting on each other.

To create an engaging bar experience, the robots’ movements were modeled on the gestures of Italian choreographer Marco Pelle from New York Theatre Ballet. Mr Pelle’s movements were filmed and used as inputs in programming the robots’ animation.
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