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Research & Innovation

Happy hour!

Two winners of last year's "Jugend forscht" competition in Baden-Württemberg are inviting visitors to CeBIT 2017 to take a look at their award-winning "Lazybar"!

11 Mar. 2017

As a "Global Event for Digital Business", it's only natural that CeBIT 2017 in Hannover should focus first and foremost on the commercial benefits of digital transformation. However, that doesn't mean we don't miss the nerdy playfulness of the early days. Where have all those good deeds gone? What happened to the creativity that put people before shareholder value? And what about the achievements that treated our wellbeing as their primary objective, and not just a side-effect of a good balance sheet? Of course, we can't say whether any of those considerations fired up the two young inventors who won the Baden-Württemberg regional heat of the "Jugend forscht" competition with their Lazybar. What we can say is that this wonderful invention may well be one of the nicest exhibits at CeBIT 2017 in Hannover.

Shaken, or stirred? The Lazybar from Nikolai Braun and Jonas Autenrieth can manage both. At the touch of a button, this intelligent machine - an offshoot of "Gastronomy 3.0" - mixes a range of cocktails quickly and accurately. Users choose their favorite drink via a display that can be updated as required and then the machine mixes it fresh using up to ten possible ingredients. To achieve the most professional results possible, the two young developers first carried out research in bars and then designed a user-friendly housing complete with cooling system and other special components such as metering pumps, sensors and agitation mechanisms. They then designed their own circuit layouts and circuit boards so that they could program the automatic sequences. The end result is a unique solution that takes care of all the important steps fully automatically - identifying the size and fill level of glasses, maintaining a consistent mixing ratio, managing 150 recipes, carrying out maintenance operations and even taking care of billing.

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