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Humanoid Robot Serves Beer 130

Posted by timothy
from the root-beer-until-the-age-of-majority dept.
ls129 writes "Humanoid robots are known for their rope-swinging ability and their martial-arts fighting capabilities. However, one humanoid robotics fan trained his robot to do something really useful. His Robotis based humanoid robot can actually pour a bottle of beer into a pint glass."
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Humanoid Robot Serves Beer

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  • Apparently, though, his robot is unfamiliar with foaming beer!
    Add a temperature/foam sensor to the bugfix list and you're set for v2!
  • Anyone else noticed it spilled quite a bit?
  • Yes this is great but does this robot have love [tikibartv.com]?
  • For those too lazy to RTFA, just go for the pictures. The robot gets down on its knees, and pours the beer BACKWARDS over its head into the mug. It just looks... wrong. But very funny. I'd love to see pictures of the robot doing that in a bar somewhere.....
  • Serve Beer? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Metabolife (961249) on Wednesday May 31, 2006 @09:47PM (#15441415)
    Who cares? Wake me up when it starts to drink it.
  • Do..You..Want..Some..More??
  • "You want some more?"
  • Honestly (Score:5, Interesting)

    by johncadengo (940343) on Wednesday May 31, 2006 @09:48PM (#15441424) Homepage
    Why did this make the frontpage of slashdot?

    It's just a programmable korean robot that some guy programmed the motions to pour beer, he put a bottle in between the hands of the robot, it spilled quite a bit of beer, and he didn't even take a video of it. I could've staged that in like two seconds with a lego mindstorm kit during the 11th grade in my AP C++ class.
    • Why did this make the frontpage of slashdot?

      Because... BEER!

      No I can go to bed.
      • Because... BEER!

        And robots. Anything to do with beer and robots always makes front-page Slashdot.

        I could probably make a stupid video of robots looking at beer and it'd make the front page. Heck, I could probably just take pictures of the robots and claim they're looking at beer.

        Robots and beer, friend.
    • "I could've staged that in like two seconds with a lego mindstorm kit during the 11th grade in my AP C++ class."

      You COULD have done it. He went an extra step and actually did it. Besides, if you programmed a robot to pour beer in an 11th grade AP class, you'd probably have pictures somewhere other than /.
    • Because despite the millions of dollars that have been spent on other robots (*cough* ASIMO) they still can't perform a single useful task. Unless, of course, you consider entertaining gawkers as useful.
      • Baby steps. They're not pouring that money into ASIMO because they think ASIMO is useful. ASIMO is merely a test platform. When the need arises to build a humanoid robot, they'll already have worked on many of the components necessary and can implement them right away.
        • It's not a test platform, it's a show pony.
          • It's only a show pony because most people on this world are idiotic. Probably the only way they can continue their funding is if they show people the "progress" they've made. Yeah, it ends up being little stupid gags, but that's what idiotic people like. A lot of the things they've worked on on ASIMO Jethro wouldn't understand.
  • Impressive! Though he seems to not be able to keep from spilling when the foam gets too high -- needs a foam detector!

    At least he wasn't pouring crap beer, though,... :-)

  • That anyone or anything that serves, or tries to serve me beer, is okay in my book.
    • That anyone or anything that serves, or tries to serve me beer, is okay in my book.

      I knew a guy who got his kids to do it.

      Whatever makes propagating your DNA worth it, I guess...
  • Finally a useful application for a humanoid robot!

    The next step is to attach a shiny metal ass to the robot and teach it to use the precious alcohol to charge the batteries. Then the robot will develop its AI and form a consciousness. Watch your language around this machine though, or it can develop quite a dirty mouth :)
  • Did you see the size of the head on that beer???? And the precious beer spilled on the table!!!! That's alcohol abuse!

    That's it! I'm calling PFTETOB (People for the ethical treatment of beer)
  • by Bushcat (615449) on Wednesday May 31, 2006 @10:03PM (#15441509)
    Asahi Brewery (http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/) gave away beer-pouring robots to 5000 people who collected 36 stickers from promotional beer cans. The robot includes a cooler.

    English: http://www.ohgizmo.com/2006/01/26/asahis-beer-pour ing-robots/ [ohgizmo.com]
  • by spyrral (162842)
    I initially read the headline as "Humanoid Robot Serves Beer".

      Oh my.
  • I have to point out this is not for enjoyment, unless you find vomiting enjoyable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotgunning [slashdot.org]
  • beer pouring *Zzzzzzzz* *snork* overlo... Hey! BARKEEP! Another Guinness - and here ya go - get youself a shot of WD-40 !
  • a truly advanced robot wouldn't pour lager - it would pump ale from a cask!

    (sadly, american beer standards would also need to rise to the challenge. you know who you are....report to Theakstons [theakstons.co.uk] for re-education.)

  • Maybe the ads are just misleading me, but I think Asahi sells a robot like that in Japan.
  • ...to click the link to robot martial arts?

    Holy crap, those videos are massively hilarious. Thanks for that one.

    Some network TV station here in the US of A should pick it up. It'd be far more entertaining than BattleBots ever was.
  • Beer and Porn.

    One group is working on a robot that can dispense beer, the other is trying ot make a robot that looks like a human in every way.

    wait till these two meet up and we get a Sex Robot that dispenses beer for you, there wouldn't be a reason to go to a bar ever again.
  • by xenn (148389)
    It's already 2006!!! where are all the robots we were promised by the year 2000? Whoopdedoo, beer pouring, Where's my Cherry 2000? She's already 6 years late.

    And flying cars? Where are they? I want a flying car NOW dammit. Whats up with technology? These things have been planned and expected for over a century now.

  • What I want to know, is it free as in speech, or...
  • Humanoids serve beer for robots!
  • I'm not sure taking beer out of a perfectly good bottle counts as useful. If this keeps up, people are going to start thinking robots are for pansies. What we need is a robot that pours beer from a glass back into the bottle, and then only gives you the beer back after you beat it at arm wrestling, or maybe a game of 8 ball.
  • A robot that serves drinks?

    Um, can anyone say "I have need for you on the master's Sail Barge?

    (R2-D2 did this over 2 decades ago)
  • We have porn, and beer-serving robots. Finally, we don't need women anymore. Science is good!
         
  • Why couldn't they have come up with this before I got married?
  • This is the kind of crap the Mafia used to do. It's a protection racket. "Hey, maybe youz should pay me fifty bucks, so's that nothing happens to yours QuickBooks file."
  • by aero2600-5 (797736) on Wednesday May 31, 2006 @11:42PM (#15442027)
    This reminds me of a great joke..


    A guy walks into a bar, and sees that there is a robotic bartender behind the bar. He shrugs and sits down. The robot comes over and says, "Hey, I'm the Autobot, what can I get you to drink, and what's your IQ?"
    The guy says, "I'll have a Jack and coke, and my IQ is 140."
    Well, the autobot makes him a perfect drink, and starts talking to him about theology, nano-technology, and even some philosophy.
    The guy is impressed. He finishes his drink, pays his tab, leaves, and comes right back in.
    He sits down at the bar, and the robot comes over and says, "Hey, I'm the Autobot, what can I get you to drink, and what's your IQ?"
    The guys says, "I'll have a screwdriver, and my IQ is 110."
    Well, the autobot makes him a perfect drink, and starts talking to him about movies, literature, women, and even some sports.
    The guy is still impressed. He finishes his drink, pays his tab, leaves, and comes right back in.
    He sits down at the bar, and the robot comes over and says, "Hey, I'm the Autobot, what can I get you to drink, and what's your IQ?"
    The guys says, "I'll have a Miller Lite, and my IQ is 70."
    The robot poors him a perfect beer, and then comes over to the guy and says REAL SLOW... "So you gonna vote for Bush again?"

    Aero
    • I was so wondering who'll be the first to post this one...

      Seems the crowd here would rather have a Bush-bashing robot than a beer-pouring one.
      That's TV nation for you... the most activity you can handle is pouring your own beer while watching a robot pummel your president.

      </tongueincheek>

      • Actually, I love this joke because I'm a bartender, and happen to be one in Duval County, Florida, which went to Bush last election. That makes it good for getting my customers spun up.

        And although I realize your statement was made tongue-in-cheek, I feel I should point that I don't own a TV, but make sure to download The Daily Show everytime a new episode airs. Damn shame that it's on a two week break..

        Aero
      • Seems the crowd here would rather have a Bush-bashing robot than a beer-pouring one.

        In a word, yes. I can pour and drink my own beer quite happily, but Bush-bashing is a much-needed and highly valuable service which I don't have the tools to do myself.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    This [roboyhd.fi] one can mix drinks! Unfortunately the page is only in finnish. But in the bottom of the page there are couple of videos.
  • How 'bout a robot that can pour draught beer into a pint glass, and do so without pouring 4 ounces of beer and 12 ounces of foam? THAT would be impressive. I've seen my share of "professional" (professional in the sense that they apparently get paid refularly to do it) bar tenders who can't seem to master a tap.

    Now, if a commercial version of these robots could somehow brew beer on its own, I'd be first in line to buy!

  • some of them like to drink it. barbot [roboticslab.org]

    It's nice that someone has made bender.

  • http://www.karakuri.info/ [karakuri.info]

    Robotis? Spilled beer, awkward motion, weird beer pouring form, rigid looks, looking very primitive with attached wires...

    Karakuri puppets looks much better by these standards.
  • I'm sick of having to get up off the couch. They should have had this 20 years ago!
  • Wake me when it can properly pour a Black & Tan. THAT'S an accomplishment... ;)

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