Your very own personal bartending bot

AsahirobotsMen could be excused for thinking the robots shown here represent the pinnacle of scientific achievement. Their only purpose is to store and pour cold beers for their owners. Japanese brewer Asahi is giving away 5,000 of these bartending robots as part of a promotion for its new low-malt beer. Sadly, the contest is open only to those in Japan. Some scientists say these robots are a gimmick that distract from genuine robot research. Football-watching American males will disagree strenuously. Perhaps Google should move away from hamburger-flipping robots and into beer-pouring ones. Link via Boing Boing.

—Posted by Tim Nudd