Textpresso - World’s First Text-Enabled Espresso Machine
Coffee machine which can prepare your preferred drink by text message, using a robot to guide your cup, and a printer to place an edible marker on the coffee foam to indicate who it belongs to.This can clearly be seen in the video embedded below:
From Zipwhip, a cloud text message company who are using this as a promotional item:
Textspresso. It’s a beautiful thing. In order to combine our cloud texting service with Seattle’s technology and coffee cultures, we created a machine that sends and receives text messages while simultaneously making a coffee. You heard right. We’ve got a robotic barista in the house. Did we mention there’s also a warming plate to keep your coffee warm? Once that feature was completed we decided to take things to the next level. We added an edible ink jet printer that provided a truly over the top touch. The build was completed with lots of head-scratching and weekend work. It was worth it. We’re having trouble keeping beans on hand and our engineers are working through the night.
They claim there will be no commercial production of the machine, but are considering putting the project out as open-source in the future.
You can find out more about the project here Discovered via MAKE
Paul Ferragutit’s Time Printing Machine uses felt pen, blotting paper, and a time based algorythm to create an amazing “pixelated” aesthetic.
“The time print device uses blotting paper with Letraset felt-pen. The felt-pen ink bleed in the paper for a duration relative to the grey value of a pixel. Every “time stain” gradually recreates any images in a pointilist style. This device was made for my MA project more info at www.convivialtool.com” - Paul Ferragutit.
More can be found here, including a video demonstrating the process.