The Alkomat, ready to booze you up. Zdorovye!
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A Russian hardware hacker has created the ideal robotic assistant for the holidays: a Wi-Fi-connected bartending machine that mixes up to 5 drinks at a time. The creator, who goes by the deal with Strn on the Russian tech web site Geektimes.ru, has dubbed his machine the Alkomat.
Inspired by the Rumbot, an Arduino-primarily based mixed drink dispenser, the Alkomat is constructed on the chassis of an old inkjet printer, using the printer carriage and paper feed motors to handle the movement of its nozzle. The system is powered by a Microchip PIC microcontroller connected to a Sparkfun ESP8266 Wi-Fi module. Pumps that suck liquids from the bottles hooked up to the Alkomat’s nozzle technique are controlled by a Texas Instruments ULN2003-based motor driver.
The drinks to be created from the Alkomat’s choice (restricted by its support for only 4 bottles of booze) can be selected 5 at a time from a net page running on the Sparkfun’s builtin HTTP server. There is also an OLED display with a set of buttons that can be utilised to activate the machine. Strn used a 3D printer to produce a front show for the Alkomat and built a cabinet from furnishings parts developed employing a CAD-CAM program.