You’re at a busy bar. You order your personalized cocktail through a tablet; a drink dispenser measures out the beverage according to your instructions and a robotic arm give it a shake (or stir), while another garnishes it with a slice of lemon; the made-to-order concoction is delivered to your waiting hand via a little conveyor belt.
This clearly isn’t your parents’ neighborhood watering hole, but it could be your kids’.
First unveiled on Quantum of the Seas in 2014, four ships—Harmony of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, and Ovation of the Seas—now feature the popular Bionic Bar. Manning the bar are two robots; each one has its own name (on Anthem of the Seas, for instance, they’re called “Shaken” and “Stirred,” and onboard Harmony of the Seas are “Mix” and “Mingle”). Engineered in Italy, these special robots can muddle, stir, shake and strain all types of drinks; the cocktail combinations are endless, with 30 spirits and 21 mixers from which to choose.
The robot bartenders can produce two drinks per minute and can make up to 1,000 each day. Guests create an order—whether a custom request or standard menu item—on a specially programmed tablet or with staff. They can keep track of their order on the digital screen next to the bar, and once it’s ready, the bartenders will release their drink.