In the last issue of G&L,

you read about the innovative

technology being

implemented at some

restaurants around the

country – being able to

place orders at your table

using a tablet or smartphone.

The technology allows you to order

food and drinks without having to wait for a

server to come and ask for your order and to

pay without having to wait for your server to

bring you the bill.

What could be better, right?

Well, have you ever waited in line at a busy,

packed bar waiting to be acknowledged by a

bartender who is trying to hear the orders of

hundreds of people while simultaneously

attempting to focus despite the din of the horrendously

bad music by One Direction in the

background? Your worries about having to wait

in line for the drink of your choice may soon be

over because just like your favorite restaurant,

some bars and nightclubs are venturing down

the technology path also. (http://www.trendhunter.


One potential solution called the “Social Media

Drinking Machine,” uses Facebook and Twitter in

combination with QR tags to streamline the drink

ordering process. The technology is a fully robotic

bar which mixes your favorite cocktail. So now,

instead of a bartender, you are served by “bot-tender.”

The process is pretty straightforward; all you

have to do is to scan the QR code displayed next to

the machine with your mobile phone. It will get

you to a Facebook application which enables you to

choose the drink you want. Once you have decided

what you want to drink, the application displays a

large QR code on your mobile phone. You show

this to the machine camera, and you will get your

drink prepared. Actually, a robotic machine will

prepare it for you. All you have to do is to place the

glass, which is then moved back and forth until all

of the ingredients have been mixed. And if you

want to brag about this, the application allows you

to post on Facebook about the intense conversation

you just had with your robotic bartender.

John P. Goetz is the author of the critically

acclaimed novels “The Protocol” and

“Souls of Megiddo.” His next novel, a psychological

thriller called “Doorway to Your

Dreams” is due out in the Fall of 2014.

He co-wrote the self-help book entitled

“Life is Short Then You’re Dead Forever”

with a 80’s hairband rocker. When not

writing novels, John spends his spare time

reading and editing G&L.

John P. Goetz




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