Getting a robot to fetch your beer has about as long a history as getting your robot to vacuum your floor. At any given time, Universities across the globe are hard at work on this task. There is the University of Florida’s Koolio
, for example, or Duke’s Kegbot
. Comercial ventures, like Asahi Breweries
, are also entering the fray. The move is on for beverage delivery robots.
Aside from cost, the main difficulty with the current robots is that last vital hop, from keg to glass. Thomas Weber handed this assignment to science students at the University of Darmstadt. Pour the beer, make it pretty, and do it cheaply. Hermann, the student’s prototype, will supposedly pull a pint in under two minutes at a cost of less than £50 pounds or $100 dollars.