Published on March 16, 2015
The drinkerBot is a robotic drink mixer that serves made-to-order drinks.
It works with a web app that allows you to specify whether you want a specialty cocktail, a DIY concoction, or a surprise mixture. Once you’ve chosen your drink, the web app tells the cloudBit what drink to make. The cloudBit’s signal is then passed through a littleBits Arduino module and some logic modules to determine which liquid dispensing mechanisms to activate. The drinkerBot also has a conveyor belt for your cup to travel on during its journey from empty to delicious.This project was created for the littleBits 2014 holiday party and designed by a cross-disciplinary team of engineers, product designers, graphic designers, ux ninjas, media masters, and cloud aficionados in the span of about a week. We wanted the drinkerBot to be fun, engaging, push the boundaries of the littleBits platform, and actually work! The first iteration, which you see in the video, is made up of parts and pieces from around the office and a few specialty purchases. This is an ongoing project that we plan to iterate on to make more robust and reliable for future drink mixing adventures, so stay tuned for updates! The instructions below are more general vs. step-by-step at this time. As we perfect the design, we will update these as well. We look forward to your comments and suggestions for improvement!
Credits: Alin Cosmanescu, Geof Lipman, Ed Bear, Stephen Conover, Colin Vernon, Shem Rajoon, Eva Neesemann, Rochelle (Rolo) Lo, MK Luff