MIT Engineers Build, Test Bartending Robots That Work Together

BOSTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Engineers at MIT have designed a team of robots capable of working together to pour and deliver beers to thirsty humans.

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have essentially mechanized an entire bar waitstaff. One robot cracks open beers, while two others take orders from patrons and deliver the suds.

A special PR2 robot served as bartender while two four-wheeled Turtlebot robots operated as the wait staff.

What’s notable about the MIT lab-turned-watering hole (and its robotic workers) are not the individual skills on display, but the teamwork. Engineers say advancements in robotics communication are essential for the use of robotic teams in dynamic and chaotic real-world human scenarios, where new information must be processed in real time.


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