Remember that scene from Return of the Jedi where RD-D2 was forced into service as a sort of robot-bartender aboard Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge? Well, SkyTender is bringing that concept to real life – on our airplanes.

“The high-tech drink dispenser comes courtesy of SkyMax, a German tech company,” reads a Huffington Post article. “They say the robot can mix and pour more than 30 different drinks (both hot and cold).”

The point of the soulless server is to cut down on costs and increase cabin crew efficiency by serving drinks on the spot, as opposed to flight attendants taking orders.

“The machine also cuts down on the waste associated with aluminium cans, thanks to the 10 cartons of flavoured syrup housed inside the trolley. Also inside the seemingly mundane exterior of the cart lies a computer, a touch screen, a tank of CO2 and water, based on SkyMax’s video,” the Huffington Post piece continues.

Mashable reports that the robotic trolley could save airlines “around $1,500 per month per trolley”. A fully-stocked SkyTender can pour 235 drinks, each in 160 mL cups.

That’s pretty cool, but we’re still waiting for our personal for-the-home robot.

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