Robot bartender on display at London Design Festival

29th January, 2018 by Owen Bellwood

A cocktail-mixing robot, created by UK-based firm Factorylux, has debuted at the London Design Festival.

The cocktail robot was inspired by English composer Delia Derbyshire, who created the Doctor Who theme music using only electronic equipment.

The lighting manufacturing firm has repurposed a robot arm used in industry to channel audio frequencies to mix cocktails.

Factorylux co-founder, Stanley Wilson, said: “We’re a small and new lighting design manufacturer who was looking to disrupt a saturated market. We had been throwing small parties for designers and we found the most cost-effective, the most standout and successful strategy was to serve cocktails.

“We encountered ST Robotics, whose unique approach of affordability, allowed a small company like us to successfully implement our first robotic project. The increased activity and interaction of our guests at the impressive ‘Cocktail and Robots’ display exceeded our company’s branding expectations.”

Factorylux’s idea for the ST Robotics Cocktail Robot was inspired by English musician and composer, Delia Derbyshire. In the early 1960s, Derbyshire created the theme for Dr Who, which was one of the first television theme tunes composed entirely by electronic equipment.

ST Robotics was one of the first manufacturers of bench-top robotic arms, and its products are used around the world by companies such as Lockheed-Martin, NASA and Sony.

Robot bartenders have previously been installed aboard luxury cruise liners.

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