30 Jun '13, 8pm

Mechanical Design Proving Beastly for EEs Who Deal in Bits & Bytes

Software has traditionally been the biggest time suck in the product development process. But it’s the mechanical parts that now are flummoxing a new wave of Internet entrepreneurs and tinkerers alike who are working on designs using open source hardware and software. “At least the electronics and software are known challenges,” says Pierre Michael, an EE who is currently beta testing a cocktail-dispensing robot he designed and successfully funded on Kickstarter. “The pump was probably a good 60 percent chunk of the design effort.” The robot, called Bartendro, automatically dispenses mixed drinks from a rack of bottles filled with ingredients ranging from Cinnamon Schnapps to Kahlua. The hardware (Raspberry Pi and Arduino) and software are all open-source. The developers wrote the firmware code in C and used Python to program the Raspberry Pi. Figuring out an affordable an...

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