Anthem of the Seas cruise ship launches with robot-tended Bionic Bar

Guests on board Royal Caribbean's new 'smart' cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, will be able to sip cocktails created by robots at a Bionic Bar.

Bionic Bar
Bionic Bar

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas, one of the largest cruise ships ever, was officially named on Monday (20 April) and has been described as a 'smartship', due to the technology used on board.

The technology in the Bionic Bar, known as Makr Shakr, allows users to create personalised cocktail recipes in real-time through a smartphone app which are then assembled by two robotic arms.

The movements of the arms mimic the actions of a human bartender – from the shaking of a martini to the muddling of a mojito – and are displayed on a large screen behind the bar.

The app also allows users to name their own recipes, access their order history and reorder their favourite cocktails, while rating and commenting on others.

Saverio Panata, COO of Makr Shakr, said: "Makr Shakr does not suggest replacing the bartender with a robot, but rather was conceived as a social experiment that looks at how people might embrace the new possibilities offered by robotics and digital manufacturing."

Carlo Ratti, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of Makr Shakr, added: "Makr Shakr is a great example of how robotic technologies are changing the interaction between people and products – a topic that we have been exploring in great depth.

"The system explores the new dynamics of social creation and consumption – ‘design, make and enjoy’ – allowing users to design their own cocktail creations, while digitally controlled machines transform these designs into reality."

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