Drinky: The South Korean robot ready to share a glass of booze with lonely drinkers
With this mechanical friend, you'll never have to drink alone!
Some creative visionaries harness the power of technology to help people work more efficiently or to stay connected with friends and family in different parts of the world. Eunchan Park, however, had a different goal in mind. The South Korean inventor wanted to put his robotics knowhow to use in making alcoholic beverages taste better.
And thus was born Park's robotic drinking buddy, who's appropriately named Drinky.
The inspiration for Drinky came during a dateless Christmas which Park spent with a bottle of soju (the traditional Korean alcohol called shochu in Japan). During his solo drinking session, Park decided, on a whim, to pour a second glass and place it in front of himself, as though he were drinking with a friend. He found that doing so improved not only the atmosphere in the room, but also how he perceived the soju's flavor, and figured that even more benefits could be reaped with a robotic companion.