All I want for Christmas is… a sommelier

– By Jim Boyce 

According to the The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan has created the first “robot sommelier.” This might make for a stocking stuffer… if you like wine… and you’re rich… and your feet are big.

“The 40-centimeter-tall robot can determine the type of wine, and varieties of ingredient grapes, by holding a sensor built into its hand over the bottle,” says the article. While the robot can’t yet pull a cork, pour wine or throw out unruly patrons, it’s a start.

Robot sommelier
This one has no legs.

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