September 21, 2005

Kegbot: The Future is Now

Kegbot in Debug ModeWhat would happen if you turned a beer keg into a robot? In a perfect world, it would also have legs to follow you around - a little R2D2 of malty beverage goodness. The people over at Kegbot have done the next best thing...they've installed a robot brain in their kegerator that allows it to perform a whole host of tasks.

We're not kidding - this thing has multi-user access control with iButton, drink and user tracking, thermostat software, and our personal favorite - an AIM chatterbot interface. According to the the Kegbot site, the chatterbot "responds to questions such as 'what is the beer temperature?', 'who had a drink last?', and can be trained to do more." Plus, " in the future, it is expected that an extension will be added to this bot to allow it to pester known drinkers. 'mike, you had a drink 45 minutes ago, and i'm currently ice cold. want another?'" It doesn't get any better than that.

Team KegbotTeam Kegbot is currently in the midst of a competition, complete with an online leader board and stats on the size of the drink taken, the number of calories in it, and an estimation of the drinker's blood alcohol content (BAC). We definitely applaud the technology, and we love to see it when others take as much pride in their beer as we do here at Liquor Snob.

We found out about the Kegbot thanks to a story over at Make after they were able to interact with the contraption first-hand. Lucky bastards!

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 21, 2005 8:12 AM

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