"Crowd control" took on a whole new meaning last night as a room full of partygoers in San Francisco were given power over a cocktail-making robot controlled by their smartphones.
Attendees at the closing party for the Google I/O Conference were invited to send a drink recipe via a smartphone app to the Makr Shakr, a three-armed robot designed especially for the show. They could then interact with attendees of similar taste to collaboratively design their perfect drink via social media.
MIT's Senseable City Lab wanted to see what would happen when you let a mass of people take control of an industrial manufacturing machine.
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