Students develop new robotic bartender for local company
Three students from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) brought fun to work when they created a configurable machine that uses a new motion controller called ClearCore. The device, which is a robotic bartender, was developed after working through summer and fall co-op experiences with local company Teknic.
An automation for the drink-making process, the robotic bartender is controlled through a touch screen interface. When using the machine, someone can browse an extensive menu and choose from thousands of mixed drink combinations.
The device integrates servo motors and connects to network devices such as sensors, LEDs, pneumatics and other hardware. It was created by students who used skills in mechanical, electrical, computer and software engineering.
Students have the opportunity to apply classroom work in a work experience as part of RIT’s cooperative education program. Often, students participate in different industries across several semesters as well as in university research centers.
Ultimately, all three of the students were hired by Teknic.