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Robo-Barman pulls a fast pint

He pulls a pint faster than you can shout for one, and isn't distracted by the cute girl behind you in the queue: meet Mr. Asahi, the robot bartender.

by: Sachi Izumi: Reuters | 20 Aug 2008

Japan's top beer maker Asahi Breweries, known for its "Super Dry", is deploying the life-size Mr. Asahi to bars and clubs to pull pints, open beer bottles and pour them to customers – quickly.

He can serve customers, with a smile, in less than two minutes, saving the average customer 13 minutes at a busy bar, the company said.

"He'll be a great asset to the Asahi team," said Asahi UK Brand Manager Christian Hamilton in a statement. Mr. Asahi is currently on a two-month tour around Britain.

"We were looking for a unique way to sample our beer as we go on our first national tour and we think that Mr. Asahi will certainly attract a great deal of attention in bars, clubs and grocers," Hamilton added.

Mr. Asahi, who weighs quarter of a tonne, works behind a specially designed bar and can politely respond to customers' questions via an operator-controlled system that includes over 500 vocal effects.

Mr. Asahi may also go across the Atlantic to show off his skills in the United States in the future, the company added.

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