OK, this is something I'd like for Christmas: A robot that mixes drinks and wouldn't look out of place in your home at a (sort of) reasonable price.
Sure, there have been other robot bartenders such as "Carl" which serves up beverages at the Robots Bar and Lounge in Ilmenau, eastern Germany but Carl is not exactly compatible with most people's home decor, probably costs a fortune, and isn't exactly fast as you can see from the video.
Carl, the robot bartender at the Robots Bar and Lounge in Ilmenau, eastern Germany
Neither, for that matter, will a faster (and much more expensive) system such as the Makr Shakr make the cut in your living room or kitchen unless you've got a home the size of Versailles and are having an epic party ... though it would make a conversation piece par excellence.
The Makr Shakr cocktail mixing robot
Nope, until now, there's not been a robomixologist that didn't look like it could part-time on a car factory assembly line. So, meet Monsieur, the first robomixology machine that looks like something you might want to have in your home. The machine was launched on Kickstarter on October 1 with a goal of $100,000 and as of writing, the project is over 70 percent of the way there with 38 days to go.
The Monsieur robomixologist recently launched on Kickstarter
The Monsieur can 300 different cocktails out of the box and:
It can transform into any bar in the world by downloading a theme package ... A theme package includes a themed cocktail list and look-and-feel. In three simple steps your Monsieur can be an Irish Pub or a Tiki Bar in Hawaii. Monsieur can make 300 different cocktails out of the box. It comes pre-loaded with 12 different theme packages each containing about 25 drinks in each theme. Theme packages include: Modern, Tiki Bar, Sports Bar, Cigar Bar, Irish Pub, Cinco De Mayo, Classic, Girl's Night Out, Happy Holidays, Mardi Gras, Non-Alcoholic, Modern.
The Monsieur is all yours for as little as $1,499 for the Monsieur Mini (it has only 4 pumps so produces a more limited range of cocktails) while the full-blown Monsieur (with 8 pumps) starts at $2,299.
The overall concept is great and owning one would be way cool but what would it cost you to hire a bartender for an evening? $100? So even at the lowest price you could have a human for maybe 15 evenings and, unlike the Monsieur, the human would be voice controlled.
Even so, if anyone wants to give me one for Christmas you can bet I'll say "Cheers."
Thanks for the heads-up, Liz.