Custom cocktails in less than five seconds? Sounds impossible, but Somabar is making it a reality. Known as the world’s first personal robotic bartender, Somabar can mix up virtually any craft cocktail at the touch of a button. The best part? It’s available for preorder now!
You may remember Somabar got a lot of media buzz as “the Keurig for cocktails” when its Kickstarter project launched in November 2014. (Keurig’s own Keurig Kold drink maker launched in late 2015 but was discontinued this past June.) But perhaps the future of automated drinks is not so bleak: Somabar’s futuristic cocktail maker has racked up $312,707 in funding from more than 800 backers.
According to its manufacturers, Somabar instantly creates any drink selected via its Wi-Fi smartphone app. The only human work necessary is manually adding various spirits, juices and mixers to the unit’s six glass “Soma pods” and the 150 milliliter bitters receptacle at the top of the machine. The device even boasts a self-cleaning system that rinses the mechanism with water in between making each cocktail.
With preordering underway, this highly specialized device will cost you a pretty penny—$429 to be exact. The site has yet to finalize shipping costs or actual shipping date; both are listed as TBD. It’s also impossible to tell, at this point, whether the quality and reliability of such a specialized device will be worth such a breathtaking price tag. But with the ability to make more than 300 different cocktails, such as an Old Fashioned, Tom Collins and French 75 right out of the box, as well as the option for users to create their own custom drinks, this robot bartender could be the savior of busy party hosts everywhere.
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