MSC Cruise line reveals ‘humanoid’ robot bartender for new ship

Robots could possibly pour drinks, however can they hearken to your troubles?

The way forward for bartending is coming to MSC Cruises’ new flagship ship when the MSC Virtuosa launches later this yr. The cruise line just lately revealed particulars of its “immersive, futuristic” bar and leisure expertise – together with a “humanoid” bartender.

Virtuosa’s bar, known as the MSC Starship Membership, might be anchored by Rob, who the corporate calls the “first-ever humanoid, robotic bartender” on the excessive seas.

Rob will combine, and serve his signature cocktails, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and numerous personalised drinks, identical to a human bartender would do, while participating the visitors along with his voice, human-like expressions for a completely immersive bar expertise,” the cruise line claimed in a news release.

The MSC Starship Membership, itself impressed by a “spaceship of the longer term,” might be accessible solely on the Virtuosa, set to launch on April 16. Past the drink-serving robot, the bar and leisure space will characteristic futuristic components like 3D holograms, an immersive digital artwork wall and an infinity digital interactive desk.

In accordance with the launch, Rob will be capable of “convey emotion,” though it doesn’t specify which feelings Rob has been programmed to specific. In the case of serving spirits,  the robot will reportedly be capable of deal with quite a lot of operations, resembling pouring liquids together with spirits, juices and syrups. He may even be capable of construct drinks, shake glasses and garnish drinks.

As if Rob wasn’t spectacular sufficient, the robot bartender may even be capable of communicate eight languages – English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Brazilian, Portuguese, Chinese language and Japanese. Within the occasion of any digital delays, there may even be human bartenders readily available to again him up, too.

The MSC Opera cruise ship approaches the port of the island of Corfu, Greece, March 5, 2020.
The MSC Opera cruise ship approaches the port of the island of Corfu, Greece, March 5, 2020.
Reuters