Cocktail fans may no longer need to worry about bartenders getting their drinks wrong, with the introduction of a talking cocktail shaker to ensure every drink has the right ingredients and is mixed to perfection.
The shaker, created by the German Centre for Artificial Intelligence, works by asking the user to input his or her chosen cocktail and the shaker’s “voice” then cheerfully offers the correct recipe.
Linked wirelessly to tiny devices on bottles on the bar, it ensures no mistakes are made no matter how many drinks have been consumed and berates the budding cocktail waiter in no uncertain terms if the wrong booze is selected.
It then offers advice on how to best shake the cocktail, again reacting angrily if it senses its tips are not being followed.
Could there be an opportunity to apply the same concept to coffee and smoothies? It would certainly be a novel way for new staff to learn the ropes, and consumers could rest assured that their order was being processed correctly.