The Robotic Sommelier
Looks like the sommeliers of the world may soon look be run on batteries. A new wine-tasting robot has been unveiled by researchers working for NEC System Technologies in conjunction with Mie University (of Japan).
Work began in 2004 on a food tasting robot, which could analyze the ingredients of foods it “ate” by using infrared spectroscopic technology. This new robot is the second generation model and was built to “taste” the difference between wines. Not only does the robot taste wines, it can carry a conversation and make wine recommendations bases on the user’s preferences.
Maybe we should invite this robot to our next sommelier smackdown? Source: NEC
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