With this mechanical friend, you'll never have to drink alone!
Some creative visionaries harness the power of technology to help people work more efficiently1 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 alcoholic2 beverages3 taste better.
An thus was born Park's robotic drinking buddy4, 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 decided5, on a whim6, 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.
Drinky's operation is as straightforward7 as his name. Simply pour him a drink and he'll jovially8 clink glasses with you, before downing the liquid in a single manly9 gulp10.
Since no one likes drinking with someone who's reactionless or otherwise morose11, Drinky finishes off each shot by flashing a thumbs up as his cheeks flush with color.
Best of all, Drinky can hold his liquor, both figuratively and literally12. Not only will he never become weepy or belligerent13, every drink he takes is stored in the glass jar that makes up his body. The container is removable, giving you the option to drink that alcohol yourself later or pour it back into Drinky's cup.
Just be sure to keep an eye on the jar's level as the night goes on. I