The Founders Forum is community of tech company founders, investors, corporates and government leaders. Amongst other international events, they host a flagship forum every June in London. In 2016, the Founders Forum wanted something special to supplement their human-tended bars. This led to a collaboration between Titan Reality, ABB Robotics and HAL Robotics to design an automated bar tender.
One of the key requirements was to ensure a very shallow learning curve – nobody wants to learn something new just to get a drink. Therefore we leveraged two core capabilities of Titan Reality’s Pulse sensor pad, object recognition and localisation. By simply selecting the appropriate glass for their cocktail and placing it on the pad in front of the collaborative ABB YuMi robot, the system would understand which drink the customer wanted. This then triggered a sequence of actions whereby the robot would pick up the glass, fill it with the relevant ingredients and then hand it over to one of two human bartenders supporting it for the finishing touches.