Originally posted on MAKE:
We’ve seen a lot of drinkbots here on MAKE in nearly every configuration. However, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one as polished and elegant as Dave Zucker’s project, called Sir Mix-a-Bot. It’s a PUMA arm, the sort used for manufacturing, mounted on an elegantly veneered table with liquor and mixer bottles arranged around it. The person wanting a drink selects one of ten cocktails on a touch screen and places his or her glass on the brass disk on the table, and the robot makes the drink.
Dave wrote a fascinatingly thorough writeup of what turned out to be a very long-term project. He got the arm for free ten years before, and immediately wanted to turn it into a robotic bartender.
It wouldn’t happen overnight — the robot arm’s controller was nonfunctional and gigantic, and Dave ultimately trashed most of it. The project would have to…
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