JK: The robots that stick out the most are the ones that require the minimal amount of knowledge to function. Plus, girls think its cute apparently. It also uses sight for almost all of its decisions, and after its been given a drink order, it runs without any further assistance or command.
Where'd you get the inspiration?
JH: Jared had the idea while brainstorming for senior project ideas. He thought it would be great if a robot could bring him his beverages during a party.
JK: I was talking with my brothers by the pool last summer and I brought up the subject of my senior design and asked, "If you could have a robot do anything for you, what would it be?". They gave me some pretty simple suggestions and things they thought might be cool to see, but nothing really caught my attention. Then an hour later we ran out of drinks and one of my brothers said, "You should make a robot to get my beer for me," because none of us wanted to go get more. "Necessity" is the mother of invention.