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fig.: The image shows the computer arms of Makr Shakr at the robo bar while shaking drinks after recipes provided by users through the smart phone app of the artificial bartender system developed by researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab in Cambridge. Makr Shakr premiered on 15 May 2013 at Google I/O in San Francisco. Photo: MyBossWas.

Credits of Makr Shakr:
Project concept and design by MIT Senseable City Lab; Implementation by carlorattiassociati | walter nicolino & carlo ratti; Main partners - Coca-Cola and Barcardi. Technical partners - Kuka, Pentagram, SuperUber; Media partners - Domus, Wired; Videos by MyBossWas; Event in collaboration with Meet the Media Guru, and endorsed by: Comune di Milano, World Expo Milano 2015 – Energy for Life. Feeding the Planet. Full credits available at

When people make robots for shaking their drinks

On 15 May 2013, the robo bar driven by the crowd-sourced recipe app Makr Shakr premiered at the developer conference Google I/O in San Francisco. The Makr Shakr bartender system is designed by researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab in Cambridge in collaboration with Coca-Cola and Bacardi. The movements of Makr Shakr's three computer arms are inspired by the gestures of ballet dancer Roberto Bolle (La Scala opera house in Milan, American Ballet Theater) in collaboration with Italian director and choreographer Marco Pelle. First, the movements of Roberto Bolle were filmed and than used for programming the robots.

The Makr Shakr robots' output (non-alcoholic or alcoholic drinks) is derived from the input of the users who send their recipes via Makr Shakr app to the robo bar.

It is announced that the system can monitor, among others, your alcohol consumption and blood alcohol levels - sounds like the robots are perhaps not the discreetest bartenders.

fig.: Guests at the Makr Shakr robo bar presentation in front of computer screens, the bartender computer arms and video wall. Photo: Lucas Werthein.

The video presents the Makr Shakr mixology system for personalized cocktails sent by phone app to the robo bar.


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