If you've ever fancied coming home to find a robotic bartender waiting for you with a stiff drink, this could be the answer to your prayers.
Last week, the four-person company Monsieur moved towards selling a home version of its automated bartender -- a small contraption that mixes drinks for you and is able to learn your moods, needs and preferences to make sure it always serves you the right drink, at the right time, no matter how discerning your tastes.
The baby brother of a much larger, industrial machine that can be found in a number of establishments in Atlanta (where the company hails from), the Monsieur can mix thousands of drinks and features a touchscreen menu of everything it has to offer. It also comes complete with themes such as Cinco de Mayo and serves the appropriate drinks to go along with such as margaritas or mojitos. Users can increase or reduce the strength of any desired drink or even ask for a non-alcoholic version. Or, for the more adventurous, there’s always the "surprise me" button. The more the machine is used, the better it becomes at understanding its owners’ tastes and preferences.
However, this wouldn't be a truly 'smart' gadget if it didn't come complete with an app, and the Monsieur is no exception. The app can be used to remotely order and mix a drink while you're not at home and the machine can use the app to know when you’re coming home and what sort of drink it should have ready for your return. Even cooler, or creepier (whichever way you choose to look at it), the Monsieur connects to your Wi-Fi network and can recognize when you come home based on your mobile joining the network. He can also ascertain if you've got company based on how many people join the network when you arrive home and make enough drinks to satisfy your guests. Crazy stuff.
Like all good barmen, it will know when to stop serving its obliterated clientele. It can monitor blood alcohol levels and can even call a cab if it deems this necessary.
This beauty is going to cost you. Monsieur Mini, with a four-liquid container capacity, is $1,499, while the eight-container machine, is $2,699. But by all means, if you've got $1,500 bucks lying around, go for it.
The company has turned to Kickstarter to bring the device not only into the home, but into bars, clubs and hotel lobbies around the world and is looking to raise $100,000 USD towards further development and manufacturing costs so it can build and ship out its first batch.