At Dragon*Con, the 4-day geek convention held in Atlanta, GA, every Labor Day weekend, people in costumes greatly out number those in plain clothes, panelists often attend the fan parties and the droids serve you alcohol.
OK, actually only one droid: the appropriately named BAR2D2.
The droid has a 15-beer capacity that’s proudly displayed around a neon-lit carousel and features a “beer” elevator that pushes the bottles up to the top for consumption. Just above that is the hard liquor mixing stack — a 6-bottle shot station that can serve about 100 drinks without stopping to refill the booze. Using the LazyDrinker software, BAR2 can mix about 5,000 drink combinations on demand with access to a laptop computer (and soon an iPhone), according to creator Jamie Price.
And of course, there’s a remote controlled Ice, Garnish & Juice drawer to make your alcoholic beverages served exactly like they are from boring humans behind a counter.
Check out the pictures and video embedded below to get a closer look…
BAR2D2 is powered by a 12 volt, 35 amp hour sealed lead-acid battery, which is similar to what you’d find in Grandma’s Hoveround. This is basically enough juice to get you and a group of friends properly “social” for nearly an entire day while still making the familiar droid noises from the movies.
Anyone attending Dragon*Con 2010 will have a chance to meet BAR2D2 and find out more about how he was built straight from Price himself or visit his ultra detailed website if you’d like to try building your own.