Here's a cool video from the research team at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics department (the Search-based Planning Laboratory), in which a robot bartender (the PR2 dual-arm mobile robot) is demonstrated. After a human makes a drink and snack selection, the robot can determine the proper area of where the items are located, as well as how far its arm is so it can properly grab the snack and drink choice.
The demonstration took place during National Robotics Week at CMU's Robotics Institute.
No word yet on whether the bartender will automatically know your name like at Cheers, but with facial recognition software I'm sure that can be accomplished. Norm!
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