Invasion of the boozy robots – Also hoping to make the barkeep obsolete is the JAMES project: a group of German researchers set on producing a "socially appropriate" robot barman. Prototype JAMES is now capable of interpreting drinkers' posture and physical gestures to know when they're looking for a drink, as well as responding to patrons' voices.
Invasion of the boozy robots – But humans aren't the only ones having fun: some robots have now got a taste for the booze themselves. Scientists in Japan have developed the wine-tasting "Robot sommelier", which has a sensor capable of distinguishing between varieties of wine. Très bien.