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Alexa Powered Side Table Serves Drinks on Bed on your Command

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Sometimes you want to go somewhere where everyone knows your name, and other times you just want to drink quietly at home. There's no judgment here, but a night in doesn't have to mean serving yourself, especially when an Alexa drink table can be your passable bartender. While Boston Dynamics' ATLAS isn't quite tossing shakers through the air like Tom Cruise in Cocktail, you can already semi-automate your libations. For the less tech-savvy, there's Black+Decker's Bev, which simply asks you to preload five different bottles of liquor and feed it an ingredient-filled Keurig-like capsule whenever you feel like chugging one. [caption id="attachment_63046" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Alexa-Powered Side Table Image credit: hackster[/caption] There are plenty of tutorials online for building a Raspberry Pi-powered cocktail machine other than this Alexa drink table that can get you drunk at the touch of a button for those who are handy with a soldering iron and coding. That's the path Audax took, but they wanted something a little fancier than a giant black box that dispenses booze, and they didn't want to have to manually press buttons like some kind of pauper. Also Read: Friends or Foes: Can Google Home and Alexa Work Together? Audax programmed the smart assistant to recognize voice requests for four different drinks using Amazon Alexa's custom skills, which allow developers to create their own voice-activated routines. The video is light on hardware details, but Hackster.io spotted a few components, including an Arduino Mega 2560 development board that controls pumping mechanisms and servos that raise and lower dispenser nozzles. Although you can see the interior of the drink dispensing machine through a transparent window with some fancy LED lighting, the device is disguised as a side table and includes a 3D-printed elevator that lowers a glass from the table's surface, fills it with the requested spirits, and raises it back up. Is it completely self-contained? Obviously not, but the added flair makes us wish Amazon spent its time developing Alexa drink table rather than robots that can't even carry a glass.

By Aaem Joshi

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