For many people, a barista getting your name right is a big deal. For SXSW’ers this year, the Barista Bots got their portraits right. GE took the makerbot trend to a whole new level at SXSW last week with the Barista Bot, which truly personalizes your that tall non-fat double latte by painting your portrait onto the foam…. Yeah…
The Barista Bots have arms that operate similarly to a standard 3D printer, moving along the X, Y and Z axes to extrude coffee through a syringe, atop a latte’s foam. The process starts when one of the robot’s human barista counterparts takes a shot of an image with a webcam, digitizing it on a nearby computer. Then the arm goes to work.
Why I’m Curious
Apparently the inspiration for the Barista Bot was to take a common experience and make it interactive and fun. This seems like a pretty gimmicky stunt but it does add a nice ‘delight’ element to warming up with some coffee – especially if you’ve always wanted to drink your own face.