Martini on the rocks? The robot will mix your drink now. Royal Caribbean International on Monday unveiled the high-tech features on its newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, and among them is is a “Bionic Bar” staffed with robot bartenders. “Guests place orders via tablets and then have fun watching robotic bartenders hard at work mixing cocktails,” the company said. Passengers can pay for their robotically shaken drinks via RFID wristbands, which also double as their room key. For entertainment, the 1,141-foot-long vessel features six giant “Roboscreens” —100-foot video entertainment screens mounted to robot arms — that can assemble in various formations. Quantum of the Seas is scheduled to set sail in November.
— James Eng
First published August 25 2014, 1:25 PM