If there's anything you would want in a beer vending robot, it is likely to be the ability to launch full beer cans at high velocity toward your face. Not only can you have this beer cannon lob libations at you, but you can also select from four different types of beer using your smartphone.
Created by Ryan Rusnak, the cannon broadcasts the beer's temperature and allows temperature adjustments via iPhone. It aims via webcam and fires the beer with 50psi of deliciousness. It then automatically tweets video of each shot.
Unfortunately, there's no detailed build log, and this system quit tweeting beer shots back in 2011. When we contacted Rusnak, he told us, "I actually blew it up on the Science Channel show called JUNKies... Completely by accident of course. Maybe time for V2."
I hate the typical news site design that has a single narrow column for the actual content, a massive header at the top that forces scrolling on every page load, and dozens of tiny pages to be loaded for each article.
This drinking robots article is a perfect example. I can't get to the next robot without scrolling down and then clicking the next link. And this is on a 27" Thunderbolt Display with 2560 x 1440 pixels. What a waste.
Just put all the robots on a single page. I don't mind scrolling for more content. I hate scrolling just to get to the start of the content, or to get to the controls that lead to more content.
Ah. Now I thought this was going to be about Liquor Inventory control, like http://www.liquormonitor.com/ or Bar Vision. There are some cool technologies afoot for making sure bartenders don't give extra booze to, you know, their friends.
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