There’s a stigma surrounding the act of drinking alone. Drinking alone is sad! Drinking with others is social! But when everyone you text is too busy to grab a drink when you need one most, what do you do? Why not share a toast with this convivial drinking robot?
Its name is Robot Drinky, and, boy, does it love to drink. And like any good boozing companion, it knows and respects the rules: before you toss one back, you should clink glasses. Robot Drinky doesn’t say much (another positive trait!), so you’ll have to issue a hearty ‘cheers!’ for the both of you. Having gotten the formalities out of the way, you should drink. Sip if you must, but RD tosses its glass back in one go every single time, like a real trooper, bringing a rosy flush to its cheeks. And not only can this robot handle its liquor (unlike some friends you could probably name), it actually holds it, like, in a jar, ready to drink again and again.
The robot’s inventor, Eunchan Park, explains the inspiration behind this best of drinking buddies:
“On Christmas in 2012, I drank Soju(Korean alcohol) alone because I had no girl friend at that time. Drinking alone was definitely terrible!! so I couldn’t drink anymore.
Lastly, I put an extra glass in front of me and poured Soju into it. And then, I cheered by myself with the glass of Soju, as though there was someone in front of me.
Surprisingly, after that, the taste became totally to be changed!!!!!! WOW!!!
So, I could finally find the secret of taste of alcohol totally depends on existence of partner.
This is why I made this robot.”