A robot walks into a bar, helps make a cocktail

LifeStyle

SEOUL (Reuters) – One robot makes cocktails from 25 bottles hanging upside-down from the ceiling, another carves perfect ice balls in the fraction of the time it takes a human with a knife and an ice pick.

Robo-bartenders are shaking up South Korea’s cafe and bar culture as the country transitions from intensive social distancing to what the government calls “distancing in daily life”.

And they look snazzy doing it too.

In a tailored vest and bow tie, six-foot-tall Cabo narrates his actions as he carves ice for a whisky on the rocks behind the bar at Coffee Bar K in Seoul.

“Do you see this? A beautiful ice ball has been made. Enjoy some cold whisky,” he says in Korean.

Cabo made his debut in 2017, but his presence is particularly reassuring now as the bar looks to encourage customers to return to entertainment facilities after the coronavirus outbreak.

“Since this space is usually filled with people, customers tend to feel very anxious,” said Choi Won-woo, a human bartender who assembles the drinks. “I think they would feel safer if the robot makes and serves the ice rather than if we were to do it ourselves.”

At the Cafe Bot Bot Bot coffee bar, where the robot arm shakes up mojitos and other cocktails, manager Kim Tae-wan also pointed out that the ‘drink bot’ can provide a consistent quality to their mixes that human bartenders can’t.

Slideshow (10 Images)

Customers seemed encouraged by the safety the robots provided, though one pointed out a critical quality the robo-bartenders lacked.

“It’s a little disappointing that you can’t talk to the bartenders,” said 21-year-old university student Moon Seong-eun.

“One of the good things about going to a bar to drink is that you can chat to them about the drinks or about my worries.”

Reporting by Hyunyoung Yi, Minwoo Park, Daewoung Kim, Writing by Minwoo Park and Karishma Singh, Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Apple’s iOS 16 Will Enable Users to Bypass CAPTCHA Verification Prompt: Report
This Viral Glass Bag Is Waiting for You on Amazon
Deep-learning framework identifies regions of COVID-19 infection in lung scans
Supreme Court abortion ruling is ‘catastrophic,’ liberal justices write in furious dissent
Disney Screens New Scenes From ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water,’ Extended ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’ Footage – CineEurope

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.