A coffee machine with an attitude


[Armin] and his crew at BerkelaarMRT were contacted by the Museum of Communication in The Hague to see if they could build a coffee machine that was operated only by voice. It sounded like an interesting challenge, so they took on the job and came up with a very awesome interactive coffee machine.

The interactive coffee machine is based on a coffee maker made by Animo with the ability to make cappuccino, espresso, or just a straight coffee. The electronics are based on a Motorola Xoom 10″ tablet with an Electric Sheep module from Sparkfun. This, along with a custom-made PCB with optocouplers, to allow the buttons on the coffee maker to be electronically activated.

When anyone walks up to the coffee machine, a Maxbotix sonar module detects their presence and a small animated coffee cup asks what they’d like to drink. The cute little cup then prepares the drink and waits for its next human.

There’s a video of the machine in action available below. it’s in Dutch, but anyone will be able to get the jist of how the animated coffee machine operates.


  1. Steven says:

    I for one welcome our new coffee overlords.

  2. Someone says:

    Is it coffee day ?

  3. Is it coffee day today?

  4. DJneo says:

    dutch people and coffee

  5. Armin says:

    Thanks hackaday, I really like the Fry ;)

  6. Eric says:

    My coffee machine has a serial port

  7. Eric says:

    I never connected to it, just tried now since it’s “coffee day”.
    No sign of life in hyperterminal, at neither 9600, or 115k (8,n,1)
    It’s a Jura Impressa S9. Anyone know the proprietary protocol to talk to it?
    It’s currently working, so no emergency……

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