By Brittany Sharman
While there are already a number of ways that robots are taking over for humans, this is something that many people may not have expected – but it already happened on the Cruise ship, and is now moved into Las Vegas. Strange as it sounds, there are now robots working as bartenders, serving drinks to bar patrons.
The bar in question is known as the Tipsy Robot, and for good reason since it’s run by robots, though they’re likely be the only ones in the bar that aren’t tipsy. At its opening, the cocktail bar featured two robots tending the bar. These robots have been designed to mimic the movements made by human bartenders, so they can shake, stir, mix, and garnish drinks along with the best of them.
Drinks can be ordered by using an iPad, and the robot gets to work or else adds it to their queue. If things are busy, you’ll get an exact time when you can expect to get your drink since they know exactly how much it will take to make the drinks on their list and how many are ahead of you. Don’t worry about waiting for too long, though, since they can make about 120 drinks in an hour.
Those who are still looking for a human touch or maybe a sympathetic ear will be happy to know that there are still human bartenders that you can order from, if you prefer. The other forms of entertainment that you can enjoy include a photo booth and a live social media wall, making this bar feel like you’ve stepped into the future.
The environment in this bar is not only futuristic, but also has retro elements, combining the old and the new in a truly unique way. If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Las Vegas that it’s going to break the bank, the Tipsy Robot should be at the top of your to-do list. Once your drink has been served by the robot, you’ll get to watch them dance to the music.
One of the biggest advantages to using robots as bartenders, beyond how quickly they’re able to make drinks and maintain that speed, is that there’s no limit to the type of drink that patrons are able to order. Since all of the drinks are programmed into the robot, if it’s on their menu, you can order it and not worry about the bartender getting it wrong.
Want something that’s not on the menu? All you have to do is create your own drink and the robot bartenders will get to work on it. They’ll pull the exact right quantities of alcohol from the bottles that are hanging from the ceiling and grab ice, cut limes or lemons, and get other garnishes as needed to make you the perfect drink.
To get your drink once it’s been made, you’ll see your name appear on the screen and can then use your phone to scan the QR code that was given to you when you ordered your drink. Paying is as easy as swiping your card on the tablet in front of you, or you can choose to pay in cash by handing it to one of the human employees.
The introduction of robots as bartenders makes us wonder what could be next for robots? There are already a number of robots in development that are meant to help in different industries, but there’s really no telling where technology can take us. We’re certainly excited to see what the robotics industry comes up with next.
About the author: Brittany is a professional house sitter from Australia. She has been living in London for the past two years and recently moved to Dublin. She has visited over 21 countries in Europe and Africa in that time. You can find her adventures in housesitting and travels on The Travelling House Sitters.