Robotic Sips


The MIT Senseable City Lab recently unveiled a new app allowing users to create and order their own cocktail creations (alchoholic or non-) of choice, which is then mixed, poured and served by a bartender robot. Developed in collaboration with Coca-cola and Bacardi Rum, the Makr Shakr offers over 100 drink choices, allowing for co-creation of drinks between friends, and sharing of recipes, ingredients and photos via the app. The robot arms elegantly pour mixes, peel lemons, and shake drinks thanks to gestures based on ballet dancer Roberto Bolle’s movements, which were filmed and used to program the robot’s movement.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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