There's both an art and a science to making the perfect mixed drink—it's not just the stiffness of the drink but also the flashiness of the pour. At the 2013 BarBot event last weekend, guests were treated to an evening of mechanical bartenders that put Brian Flanagan's bottle-flipping skills to shame.
Slot machine? Shot machine? In the case of the BarBot, it's the same difference. As part of a contest, a collective known as NYC resistor spent 300 hours assembling this slot machine drink dispenser. Each of the three slot wheels has various cocktail ingredients, which tell the drink dispenser what to make after a…
If you like robots or music even a little bit, you should really just go ahead and watch this video of Marv, a robotic vibraphone, playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" faster than any human ever has or ever will.*
Sure, we've seen bartending robots before, but isn't anything that makes a drink for you worth a mention? The guys at NYC Resistor built the Barbot out of old recycled Barbot parts, Arduino controllers, and blood pumps.