In Star Trek, there is a race of cyborgs with a drive to slowly assimilate all sentient life. Their aesthetic is not far off from the one [Ronald]’s ever expanding coffee machine is taking on. One has to wonder, what dark purpose would bring the Borg into existence? Where did they start? If [Ronald] doesn’t get a satisfying cup of coffee soon, we may find out.
We covered the first iteration of his brewing machine in 2013. We like to imagine that he’s spent many sleepless, heavily caffeinated days and nights since then to arrive at version 2. This version is a mechanical improvement over his original Rube Goldberg contraption. On top of that, it has improved electronics and code, with a color screen reminiscent of industrial control panels.
He’s also working on something called, “AutoBaristaScript(TM),” which attempts to hold the entire universe of pour-over coffee within its clutches. We don’t know when he’ll stop, but when he does finally create that perfect cup, what’s left of the world will breathe easier. They’ll also drink good coffee.
Editor’s Note: The Borg do not necessarily want to assimilate all sentient life as an end unto itself. The Kazon were deemed unworthy of assimilation (VOY: Mortal Coil). The Borg are driven towards perfection, accomplished by adding technological and biological distinctiveness to their own.
24 thoughts on “Hackaday Prize Entry: Coffee Machine Grows In Complexity With No Sign Of Stopping”
It certainly looks impressive
Very good. That also includes the people that Neelix represents.
Haha, the weird cat guy!
Sum-up for the Gerrit Horoscope a Day:
“he made a new version of his automated coffee machine”
Dammit, you must be the guy who’s been playing pipe organ in Snow White!
That switch only goes up to 5….. Shouldn’t it 11
7 of the 12 switch positions died before I bought it… Besides, in my universe, coffee needs to be drank in mugs. 11 would not fit in the teapot, because it would be around 2.25 liters…
Funny that you mention Star Trek. Lately I’ve been thinking of working around the ‘fixed bug’ in Raspbian Jessie that causes black overscan borders by making a black background UI – and my first thought was an LCARS-like interface. My design skills aren’t that good, however, so I’m still thinking and will do some more DuckDuckGo-ing for examples that are close enough.
Will post new sources on GitHub/HaD.io if/when it’s done. :)
Take a look at the android tricorder app for some examples of LCARS on a small screen (but beware the lawyers of CBS). e.g. :
I’m pretty sure this project must have started with a burning desire to use that large red light in a project worthy of such an indicator. By George I think he’s done it!
Most important details missing, is the expansion geometric or exponential, if exponential, we could all be living on a giant coffee machine in 10 years!
Geometric growth and exponential growth are the same thing.
Congrats, you win my good braining in math prize of the day.
Damn. I wanted it.
There is a ‘java plug-in’ joke somewhere…
Holy crap! I think you’d have to steal a traffic light to get a bigger indicator lamp than that! The darn thing looks like a motorcycle headlight with a red lens!
Aah no, busted… ;) Well, actually, I think the red switches and the voltmeter sparked the idea of v2.
The red light: close. It was also lurking around my parts bin waiting for a destination. My grandpa designed public transport buses, this is one of the 6 (2×3) rear lights with a 10mm .5Watt LED.
ah, that was of course also meant to reply to Alfiesauce
It looks wonderful.
is it only me, or did the style these had articles are written in more entertaining? :)
I love the industrial panel, but the “designer” cistern ruins it. It needs to be a straight round tank of something. However I will stick to the Melita filter cone.
What’s all that churning and gurggling? You call that a RADAR screen!?
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