A New Addition to the Team May 07 2013, 0 Comments

Hello everyone! My name is Garran, and I recently joined the Party Robotics team as the mechanical engineer. I first met Pierre at the Cal Poly Robotics Club approximately 7 years ago. After school we worked together at iRobot for four years. I have lots of experience with complex mobile robots and am excited to get Bartendro up and ready to serve. Currently, I’m working on bringing the bots from prototype to production state. This entails a lot of modeling, creating drawings, and bookkeeping. I am also helping to build fixtures which will allow us to make precision parts quickly and easily.

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We are done designing Bartendro 1 and 3, and all of the parts are on order. We adjusted the dimensions to accommodate larger bottles and Bartendro 3 has a new spout assembly. We also added new features so that the frame can easily be upgraded with a back cover and a cup holder.

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B3_model                   Now that the smaller bots have been finalized we will be putting the finishing touches on Bartendro 7 and 15. Most recently we have added a more accessible power socket and switch. While Pierre and I have been focusing on Bartendro hardware, Rob has been working on software upgrades. He’s creating software packages from the Bartendro source code so that we can use the regular debian package system to update the software in the field. This will make it simple to install all of the software for Batendro. Part of this is working out a security model for Bartendro. Given that we have a Linux box with its own network, there are a number of security implications that we need to consider. Afterall, we don't want random people to hack into your Bartendro and abuse it, or worse, waste your booze. While these features may not sound all that interesting to everyone who can't wait to get their hands on Bartendro, they are critical for making it possible to upgrade the software on the bots after we ship to our backers. Once these updates have been finished he will be building a system that lets us easily create the SD cards which acts as Bartendro’s brains.

Then, he’ll be working on creating a settings system. This will allow the owner of the bot to access the admin screen and change the behavior of the bot. Currently, all the configuration changes are settings in the code, which isn’t great for end-users. Around this time he will also create an option to let the owner choose if a bot is a ShotBot or a cocktail mixing machine. With this feature, any Bartendro 3 and up can be used in ShotBot mode, which simply dispenses a shot of whatever booze is in the bot, rather than making a mixed cocktail.

These are all of the most critical functions needed in order to begin shipping out the bots. After they’ve been finished Rob will begin looking at the new features people have requested and start working on the things that will make the most people happy. We are still somewhat on schedule with our delivery estimates. We anticipate being able to ship kits by the end of May, but Shotbot and Bartendro 3 will likely be going out by early June, and bigger bots will follow later that month. Want to check out Bartendro in person? We'll be at the San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire on May 11 and at the Maker Faire in San Mateo on May 18th and 19th. Bay Area Maker Faire Web Badge