Olympic shot machine pours one out for every US medal

What better way to watch the Olympics than having a robot pour you a shot every time the United States wins a medal? The folks behind SmartThings did just that, by creating a machine that pours some liquor for each American Olympic win.

From the behind the scenes video, we see the entire build is controlled by an Arduino with an XBee shield. The XBee is connected to a simple iPhone app where the current user watching the Olympics can select which medal the US won. Bronze dispenses a shot of Jack Daniels, Silver is a shot of Jose Cuervo, and Gold means someone in the room is getting a shot of Goldschläger.

Even though the build revolves around the SmartThings framework, we’re not really quite sure what this framework is. From the Facebook page (the best source of info for SmartThings, at least until they launch), it looks to be a piece of hardware that serves as an Internet to XBee bridge, along with a framework for easily whipping up a mobile app.

Whatever SmartThings is, it’s still a very cool build.

Comments

  1. anonymous says:

    I was hoping they’d tie it into an RSS feed (or other data source) and have it AUTOMATICALLY pour a shot whenever the US wins a meadal, instead of requiring someone to push a button.

    Still, the workings of the dispenser are pretty neat…

  2. alttext says:

    It is satisfying to see the nascent SmartThings platform already bearing the fruit of innovative makers. I cannot wait to see all the uses people come up with in the coming months.

  3. Khai says:

    …. this could be deadly if tuned to the UK cycling teams… *glug glug glug glug*

  4. Coda says:

    At least no Americans are going to get drunk using this thing :-P

  5. Anka06 says:

    Nice idea…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 93,960 other followers