While the cool kids are partying on at Bre Pettis' residence, the only thing keeping me from sleep is the urge to let the world know the winners of the Annual Cocktail Robot Awards 9.0 ...
In a late and dynamic gala there were prizes given away in more categories than ever.
At this point a word or two on the judgment system seems appropriate: The "secret judges" never knew they were judging when they were interviewed and the results of this method had interesting implications. Entries won categories that didn't previously exist.
So there were ten main winners this year who went away with precious gingerbread trophies crafted by poetina - replicas of ROBOEXOTICA's logo Guzman.
5 honorary mentions were formulated.
And there were 5 winners of a new kind of trophy awarded for meager achievments: Limes!
So here it is, the list of outstanding cockail-robotic manifestations shown at ROBOEX07ICA, with short notes on the judges' motivation:
Explanator / Misha a Crest - Breathing might be THE future way to ingest herbal/alcoholic beverages
MindReading MartiniMaker / Chris Veigl - way of determining ratio & innovative way around shaking/stirring
Chapok / David Calkins - the way he inspires drinking is quite authentic
FIRE & SMOKE
El Espanol Borracho / Simone Davalos - a) for not triggering the fire alarm b) only robot that includes flambéing in the preparation process
Blow Your Fortune / Chris Thomas Palmer - always knows what u should drink
Gesundheit VI / Franz Ablinger - is hardheadedly trying to find a lasting configuration.
MOST WELCOME OFF-TOPIC ENTRY
Aktionsgruppe LN2.0 / FH Joanneum - good example of why and when humans are still needed in the cocktail environment
BEST SWISS ENTRY
The Holy Golden Milk+Wodcow / Roman Maeder - the milking proved to be a favorite human pastime
Perpetual Popper / Jaques Gallant - feeds people using only corn and sun
PATIENCE: Robomoji / Robert Martin - patiently adds assembling steps year by year (VIDEO)
VISIONARY: Robofriend 2 / Tom Heike first robot that combines mixing and mobile delivery
MOST CUTE AND SIMPLE UI: Rabbit's Revenge / FH Joanneum
MOST ACCURATE DEPICTION OF A ROBOT PENIS: Urinator / FH Joanneum
MOST VERSATILE: Explanator / Misha a Crest
The Prisoner's Dilemma / David Fine - installation is a construction site
R.R. Shot-Bot / Bre Pettis- unfinished
Kalkohol / Johannes Grenzfurthner - causing floods is not an achievement
BF Ice Cube Gun / FH Joanneum - Vodka theft and militaristic behaviour
Urinator / FH Joanneum - ghastly impression makes drink undesirable
Bic-o-Mat/ Adrianb Dabrowski - no-show despite anticipated added features
(All other bots were in between so-lala and great and should return next year to try again.)