Could this be the barman of the future?

By Noli Dinkovski

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Asimo is the latest generation robot from Honda
Asimo is the latest generation robot from Honda
Human bar staff could be a step closer to extinction after Honda unveiled a robot that can open bottles and serve drinks.

Introduced in Brussels last week, the latest in Honda’s Asimo series of ‘humanoid’ robots comes with dexterous, multi-fingered hands.

These, combined with object recognition technology, allow it to perform complex tasks, such as picking up a glass bottle and twisting off the cap, or holding a soft paper cup to pour a liquid without squashing it.

The robot is now capable of running at 5.6 miles-per-hour (mph) – 1.8mph faster than its predecessor.

It can now also run backwards, climb and descend stairs more smoothly, jump and hop on one leg continuously.

Journey

Honda said the latest Asimo was the next step in a journey to creating a robot for practical use in the home environment, or wherever assistance is required.

The Japanese manufacturer claimed Asimo can now recognise the faces and voices of multiple people speaking simultaneously.

While admiring Asimo’s abilities, Neil Williams, head of media at the British Beer & Pub Association, suggested most pubgoers would prefer their beer served by a Robert or Roberta, rather than a robot.

He said: “I’m not sure if Asimo’s general patter, would be up to much, and what about his proof-of-age checking?

“And at his speed, most bar staff would be able to run him down comfortably.

“Real staff are definitely the superior life-form.”

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More testing required in the field

Posted by david,

You would have thought that, before trying to automate the incredible human skill involved in bartending and the intense social skills required to serve the public, Honda would have tested out the prototype as a replacement for BDMs.

Putting "Have you thought of adding coffee to your offer?" or "I've brought you 100 beermats" are easy enough to put on a voice loop, surely?

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Robotic service

Posted by David Pott,

Pretty standard service at managed houses everywhere. That is as long as you can distract them from their huddled corner.

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Service

Posted by Robert Feal-Martinez,

Be positive, at least they won't be huddled in a corner talking why you are waiting to be served.

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