It looks like robotics may be stepping in at some point to end name confusion in coffee shops. Imagine a world where, rather than having a counter with 900 cups labeled “Mike”, Barista Bots like this assign drinks to owners by snapping their picture and printing it on the head of their latte. However, there is a downside:
Don’t look for the Barista Bot at your local Starbucks any time soon. It was developed by a group of Brooklyn-based designers as a fun project to bring to this year’s SXSW festival. The festival runs through this coming weekend, so if you happen to be attending, go and check it out.
There’s also the problem that not everyone orders drinks with foam. Maybe someone will get cracking on a machine that prints patron photos on the cup instead.
Hit the jump to watch the Barista Bot in action.