This Robotic Bartender Will Mix a Perfect Cocktail in Five Seconds
A new “robotic bartender” called the Somabar aims to take craft-cocktail mixology out of human hands to give it a high-tech twist.
Lots of us enjoy drinking craft cocktails, but not all of us enjoy making them – or even really know how. And alas, perhaps all too few of us have a cute mixologist who will whip them up “ with a little bit of love.”
A new gadget that’s just gotten funded (and then some) on Kickstarter is aiming to render that human mixologist obsolete and take the handmade beverage high-tech. The Somabar, which its makers describe as a “robotic bartender for your home,” is a craft-cocktail appliance that looks sort of like a SodaStream on steroids. Users download an app onto their smartphones (both Android and iOS) and then connect via WiFi to the Somabar, which they’ve preloaded with their favorite cocktail ingredients (spirits, mixers and the like), to order the mixed drink of their choice. Seconds later, they can be taking their first sip of a carefully calibrated, scientifically mixed cocktail.
“When you press that button on the app, your Somabar will take the ingredients from scratch, infuse bitters (if you are in the mood) and dynamically mix them in precise quantities using positive displacement pumps before pouring out your craft cocktail in less than 5 seconds,” the people behind the newly funded prototype explain on Kickstarter. “The mixing comes from a combination of fluid dynamics, kinetic energy, and turbulence created by static vanes. What that means is fewer moving parts to maintain, as well as fast and perfectly mixed cocktails.”
The app will also suggest drinks, make recommendations, let you specify drink strength and connect you with a community where you can swap ideas and recipes.
If the Somabar, which will start shipping to backers in July and is available for preorder for $429 (excluding shipping), sounds exciting to you, you’re apparently not the only one. The gadget’s creators set a funding target of $50,000 to get them to the next level in the product’s development and help bring it to market – and closed funding a few days ago with 829 backers and $312,707.