While 2022 was all about the server robots, this year on the Show floor, there were plenty of beverage-making robots, from AI baristas to automated bartenders.
For example, Robojo is a customizable coffee-making robot system that allows customers to input their orders on a touchscreen, Robojo will begin making the coffee, and the screen will be able to tell customers when to expect their order. The robot can even make up to four drinks at once. As a winner of the 2023 NRA Show Kitchen Innovation awards, this robot barista might not be very practical (it takes up a lot of space) but would especially be useful in nontraditional locations like hospitals and airports where there is more room.
The technology is outfitted with WMF-5000S+ Super Automatic Espresso machines, a nugget ice machine, two latte art printers in partnership with Ripple, a refrigerator, and a Kawasaki robotic arm.
Just as Robojo can possibly replace a few baristas for cafes with staffing challenges, Cecilia the Robot bartender is also designed to replace certain aspects of a bartender’s job. When we tried Cecilia — who looks like an animated female bartender on a touchscreen — on the Show floor, she was having a lot of trouble hearing what we were saying. However, you can both use voice activation and touchscreen options to place your order for a mixed drink.
Cecilia the bartender does also have her limitations because she can only make pre-programmed cocktails, but she can offer recommendations based on taste preference and works much like a more animated cocktail vending machine. Cecilia also can detect up to 40 languages and has a built-in ID scanner to make sure the person ordering alcohol is of legal drinking age.