A robotic bar tender called Barsys – controlled by an app – has been designed to mix the perfect cocktail to order.
All users need to do is tell Barsys what ingredients are available, and it will create a cocktail menu. The app comes programmed with more than 2000 drinks – and you can invent your own, if that menu is not enough choice…
“When I created this product, I thought a lot about how I could elevate the user drinking [experience],” said Akshet Tewari, Barsys founder and CEO. “Most people don’t realise that when mixing cocktails — like baking — it’s extremely important to have the proportions just right. Now anyone can make delicious cocktails right in their homes. Plus, it’s a real crowd pleaser!”
The machine can store ingredients in thermally insulated containers at a stable temperature for up to 15 hours. To use Barsys, you place your preferred base spirits on the top of the machine, and your favourite mixers in the thermally insulated containers. Then, use the app on Android or iOS to tell Barsys what you’d like. The system will pour each liquor “independently and precisely,” explains Tewari, promising to deliver “your favorite cocktail in 15 to 30 seconds”.
An interactive lighting system indicates the progress of the cocktail-mixing process.
The app also keeps track of your consumption patterns (not sure that’s a good idea, although it might help identify the source of a serious headache the next morning!), as well as how much liquor you have left, so you know when it’s time to stock up.
Here’s a video showing how it all works…:
Barsys, based in New York with a research and development team in India, unveiled the machine last year, but it has taken until now to get it to production stage. The first units go on sale in August on the company’s website, where pre-orders are being taken. The first 100 customers to order a machine get more than $250 off the price at US$750.
For bars and restaurants, there is a heavier-duty version available.
Finally, Tewari assures bar tenders they need not fear for the future livelihoods: “Our robotic solution will never replace an expert human barkeeper, but it certainly can provide these star performers with more time to tend to more complicated cocktails or invent unique drinks.”