September 5 - The Robo-Barman
He won't be able to swap sporting banter or offer relationship adivce, but he mixes a mean Bloody Mary for his customers at his shopping mall bar in Las Vegas - Tipsy is a robot.
Tipsy is the logical conclusion of an increasingly space-age service industry that has already given us the mechanical cupcake dispenser and automated pizza restaurants.
The concept is essentially a vending machine with a boozy kick - couldn't be more straight forward: select your tipple from a digital menu and wait moments for that little slice of liquid gold to drop into a plastic beaker.
The idea is not uniquely American -- Parisian start-ups Realtime Robotics and Kuantom have also bartending automatons, while vending machines for canned alcohol are common in the streets of Tokyo.