Engineers at Willow Garage have developed what is sure to become man's new best friend: a robot that will not only grab a beer and bring it to you, but will also recognize your face and beer brand.
The robotics firm's "Beer me" application will allow you to simply "order" your beer of choice online and have it promptly delivered by your PR2 robot. The android can even open the bottle for you.
Using its image recognition software, the robot will scan the refrigerator's contents and differentiate brands of beer. Once it retrieves a bottle of your favorite brew, the PR2 will bring it right to you — only you. The robot's face-recognition abilities prevent it from letting go until it sees your face to ensure the beer is delivered to the correct person.
Here's the beer-fetching bot in action.
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