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Humanoid Robot Serves Beer

timothy posted more than 8 years ago | from the root-beer-until-the-age-of-majority dept.

Beer 130

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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So? (1)

dreddnott (555950) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441372)

Why does beer make this ho-hum article slashdot-worthy?

The robot could just as easily be pouring milk or Dextron ATF...

Re:So? (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441421)

pour a bottle of beer into a pint glass."

... because slashdot editors don't know that the surest way to ruin a beer is to pour it into a glass ... and that the best way is to put the bottle into the freezer a half-hour before opening it, so that it's decently chilled (you know you've done it just right when the brew in the neck turns to ice as you relieve the pressure by opening it).

Pouring beer into a glass! What next, eating pizza with a knife and fork?

Re:So? (1)

grammar fascist (239789) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441686)

Pouring beer into a glass! What next, eating pizza with a knife and fork?

Eating steak with chopsticks.

Re:So? (1)

redalien (711170) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441747)

Tom, what makes you say that? Some beers simply must be poured into a glass (bottle conditioned), like many home-brew real ales, and even some continental beers are bottle conditioned, although this is much less common considering the use of S. cerevisiae in Lagers makes it unpractical.

That aside, I will still drink most lagers from a glass as preference, and all ales, with only small (33cl) bottles being consumed directly. How are you supposed to get a decent head without a pour?

Oh and freezing your beer, are you MAD man? It needs to be be at the storage temperature: a couple of degrees for ales, -5 odd for lagers, but shouldn't be starting to freeze.

REAAAAAAAAAL ALEEEEEEEEEE - CAMRA Member

Re:So? (1)

redalien (711170) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441763)

D'oh, in my tired state I confused S. cerevisiae and S. uvarum. Sorry guys.

Re:So? (1)

jonom (109588) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441771)

I don't know where you're from, but most beers are supposed to be poured into glasses for full enjoyment.

Another CAMRA member, from Canada tho. :)

Re:So? (1)

Sordid Euphemism (974100) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441852)

...cold beer? COLD beer? Cold vodka I can see, but anyone who tries to put my Guinness in the fridge is going to get bitten.

Re:So? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441981)

Dear god, this argument again?

European: "Your watery swill you call 'beer' has to be served at cryogenic temperatures before anyone can stand to drink it!"

American: "The only thing your piss-icky room-temperature sludge has going for it is that it has alcohol in it."

Let's all just agree that Skittlebrau is the best beer.

Yes. (1)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442850)

Let's all just agree that Skittlebrau is the best beer.
Having conducted said test with a package of smoothie skittles and 2 cans of miller lite (i wouldnt waste good beer on it, although i'm drinking a PBR ATM), skittlebrau is definitly drinkable. Granted it was after a pint of whiskey...

Re:So? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441427)

Because /.ers are beer-swilling lushes. Anything to take the edge off of the drudgery of work and family (specifically mom asking you to do the dishes.)

Re:So? (1, Insightful)

gaber1187 (681071) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441824)

Because it just passed the common man's version of the Turing test. Plus a little robot carrying a beer that is as bigger than the robot itself is just cool.

Pictures (1)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441378)

Apparently, though, his robot is unfamiliar with foaming beer!
Add a temperature/foam sensor to the bugfix list and you're set for v2!

Re:Pictures (3, Funny)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441409)

I've always enjoyed getting a little head while drinking beer. Domo arigato, Miss Roboto.

Re:Pictures (1)

smvp6459 (896580) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441552)

It's just not quite as good when the head is all over the table. The robot is going to need to improve its skills slightly.

Re:Pictures (1)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441828)

"It's just not quite as good when the head is all over the table."

Each to his own.

Lets get the jokes out of the way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441410)

That robot looks like a real half-pint!

Thanks, I'll be here all night.

Re:Lets get the jokes out of the way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441553)

So this Catholic Roomba marries a Jewish Segway, and at the wedding the father of the bride tries to pour a beer but falls over backwards, see, and the beer spills on... oh wait .. you don't want to hear a shaggy robot story? You're dithpicable. But okay. Never mind.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking!! (1)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441411)

Bender: Well I don't have anything else planned for today, let's get drunk!

Re:Pictures (1)

SomeGuyTyping (751195) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441490)

Beer should have a 3/4 to 1 inch head on top, but I usually enjoy more.

Re:Pictures (1)

jonom (109588) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441750)

That would depend on the beer...serve me a Guinness with that much head and I'll be sending you back to the bar to fill it properly.

Re:Pictures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15442004)

I agree, depends on the beer. 5% is a good general rule, but if it's an expensive lager in a poncy glass, you go 5% below the pint line, and head so it is just about contained.

Re:Pictures (1)

Orange Crush (934731) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441906)

This is better than Johnny 5 making breakfast!

Look in the pics.. (1)

AWhiteFlame (928642) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441385)

Anyone else noticed it spilled quite a bit?

Re:Look in the pics.. (1)

Meagermanx (768421) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441482)

I don't know what kind of robot he's programming there, or what its limitations are, but it seems to me that decreasing the pouring speed would fix that right up.

Re:Look in the pics.. (1)

fiendy (931228) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441483)

I did, that's just plain alcohol abuse.

Re:Look in the pics.. (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441563)

Of course. It runs on beer too.

Re:Look in the pics.. (1)

grammar fascist (239789) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441640)

Anyone else noticed it spilled quite a bit?

It must have anticipated quaffing* and decided to join in on the fun.

* According to Terry Pratchett, quaffing is like drinking, except most of the beer ends up on the floor.

Re:Look in the pics.. (1)

Chrispy1000000 the 2 (624021) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441676)

Basically quaffing is to take your stien, and to throw it at your face, atempting to catch as much of the liquid in your mouth as possible.

Re:Look in the pics.. (1)

LightCecil (792100) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442664)

Seems he ascribes to the David Lister school of beer drinking. Which is to say, the best way.

On second thought, quaffing means the beer doesn't end mostly soaked into your current shirt and pants, from that description.

Re:Look in the pics.. (1)

twistedsymphony (956982) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441768)

I for one welcome our ... ah who am I kidding it can't even pour beer properly.

wheres the love? (1)

Ankou (261125) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441386)

Yes this is great but does this robot have love [tikibartv.com] ?

The pictures are priceless (1)

Starker_Kull (896770) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441412)

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.....

Meh (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441414)

Nothing one of my hoes can't manage.

Serve Beer? (3, Funny)

Metabolife (961249) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441415)

Who cares? Wake me up when it starts to drink it.

Re:Serve Beer? (2, Funny)

Gojira Shipi-Taro (465802) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441495)

Screw this. I'm going to make my own beer pouring robot, only with blackjack and hookers!

In fact, forget the...

oh damn. Nope.

Re:Serve Beer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441559)

Wake me up when it has a flat head.

Re:Serve Beer? (1)

dubbayu_d_40 (622643) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441601)

Sorry, but I think you're condition is permanent.

Re:Serve Beer? - next condoms (1)

From A Far Away Land (930780) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441642)

You don't just need a beer serving robot, you need one that serves CONDOMS too. Oh wait, this is Slashdot, nevermind ;-)

Oh what the heck, here it is - the condom dispensing robot you can build at home [abandonedstuff.com] .

Re:Serve Beer? (1)

badran (973386) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442481)

In the Future... All robots will run on beer.... Sheer to Bender...

Fifth Element (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441418)

Do..You..Want..Some..More??

Re:Fifth Element (1)

kyjl (965702) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442262)

+3 (Awesome movie)
-1 (Nobody's gonna get it D:)

I can hear it now (1)

TheFlamingoKing (603674) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441422)

"You want some more?"

Honestly (5, Interesting)

johncadengo (940343) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441424)

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.

Re:Honestly (0)

slashflood (697891) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441480)

Why did this make the frontpage of slashdot?

Because... BEER!

No I can go to bed.

Re:Honestly (1)

grammar fascist (239789) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441651)

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.

Re:Honestly (1)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441496)

"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 /.

Re:Honestly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441502)

I could've staged that in like two seconds with a lego mindstorm kit during the 11th grade in my AP C++ class.
Woulda, coulda, shoulda, didn't.

Re:Honestly (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441533)

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.

Re:Honestly (1)

deficite (977718) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442367)

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.

Re:Honestly (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442780)

It's not a test platform, it's a show pony.

Wow! (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441426)

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,... :-)

Re:Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441691)

Not crap?? It's being poured out of a plastic bottle!

I have to say (1)

Bullfish (858648) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441433)

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

Re:I have to say (1)

grammar fascist (239789) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441671)

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...

Beer pouring overlords (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441458)

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 :)

Re:Beer pouring overlords (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441486)

This may just prove that there is a correlation between our abilities to produce alcohol and development of our higher brain functions. And a foul mouth.

Still not funny (1)

HTTP Error 403 403.9 (628865) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441467)

Re:Still not funny (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441752)

Jeez, get with da program already, get LeetKey [mozilla.org]

Re:Still not funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15442611)

Jeez, get with da program already, get LeetKey
Why?

Alcohol Abuse!!!! (1)

Nonillion (266505) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441503)

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)

Asahi's beer-pouring robot (2, Informative)

Bushcat (615449) | more than 8 years ago | (#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]

Re:Asahi's beer-pouring robot (1)

smokeslikeapoet (598750) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441823)

Yes, there is nothing new under the sun. Now if I can only teach my wife to pour me a beer and give me a lot of head....

Re:Asahi's beer-pouring robot (1)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441901)

That is supreme coolness. I think I have a new favorite beer. Bye bye Rochefort, hello guys-who-made-the-beer-robot!

Re:Asahi's beer-pouring robot (1)

binarybum (468664) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442060)

wow, that is worlds cooler than the posted article. Man, I wish these were for sale... for an incredibly low price.

First Photo (0, Troll)

s-twig (775100) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441516)

Looking at the first photo, I would say he needs to put a skirt on it and get it to clean up the spill.

Disapointing! (1)

exoir (826214) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441522)

I was expecting to see a robot walk over to the frig, OPEN the door, GRAB a beer, OPEN it then POUR it or just give to the owner. Oh well, someday.

Sorry (1)

spyrral (162842) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441525)

I initially read the headline as "Humanoid Robot Serves Beer".

  Oh my.

That seems like a good idea. (1)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442185)

At least until they make those Japanese and Korean androids anatomically correct.

In other news... (1)

Marthirial (903605) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441557)

A nerd is found almost dead by alcoholic shock, robot taken to custody.

I heard about that too! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441573)

There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Cans are better (1)

Macondo (836066) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441562)

I have to point out this is not for enjoyment, unless you find vomiting enjoyable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotgunning [slashdot.org]

I for one welcome our (*hic*) (1)

jpellino (202698) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441580)

beer pouring *Zzzzzzzz* *snork* overlo... Hey! BARKEEP! Another Guinness - and here ya go - get youself a shot of WD-40 !

a truly advanced robot... (1)

mattkime (8466) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441615)

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.)

Beer (1)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441620)

Maybe the ads are just misleading me, but I think Asahi sells a robot like that in Japan.

I've seen beers you people wouldn't believe. (1)

dubbayu_d_40 (622643) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441639)

I want more beer, fucker.

Wake me up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441660)

...when it can drive me home on nights I am drunk.

Perfect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441668)

It's the perfect woman.

Am I the only one... (1)

ndogg (158021) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441698)

...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.

What's the robots name? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15441714)

No I didn't RTFA. Did they call the robot wife?

The two driving forces in the world (1)

Traiklin (901982) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441731)

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.

Re:The two driving forces in the world (1)

k_187 (61692) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442562)

go to a bar? with that, why would you ever need to leave the house again?

But... (1)

xenn (148389) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441748)

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.

software/firmware (1)

babanada (977344) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441790)

What I want to know, is it free as in speech, or...

In the year 2000... (1)

stonda (777076) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441792)

Humanoids serve beer for robots!

Robots are for Pansies (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441805)

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.

Big deal. (1)

humungusfungus (81155) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441810)

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)

Women obsolete (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441886)

We have porn, and beer-serving robots. Finally, we don't need women anymore. Science is good!
     

It figures! (1)

themadplasterer (931983) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441894)

Why couldn't they have come up with this before I got married?

Protection Racket (1)

Das Auge (597142) | more than 8 years ago | (#15441912)

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."

Great joke.. (4, Funny)

aero2600-5 (797736) | more than 8 years ago | (#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

Re:Great joke.. (1)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442337)

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>

Re:Great joke.. (1)

aero2600-5 (797736) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442670)

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

Re:Great joke.. (2, Funny)

ricky-road-flats (770129) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442846)

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.

Now that is what I call progress!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15442092)

The limits of AI know no bounds.

you mean 'Beer' as in 'Free'? =p (1)

v3xt0r (799856) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442228)

mmmm *drool*

This one can mix drinks (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15442593)

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.

Bah... (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 8 years ago | (#15442721)

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!

biZnatch (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15442737)

quarreled on that suuports
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