Spout Design Updates and General Progress April 18 2013, 6 Comments

We have lots of updates for you this week! We’re finalizing designs, working on improvements, ordering supplies, organizing workspaces, and beginning our first backer reward mailings. Stickers are set to go out tomorrow and shirts and shot glasses have been ordered. Our backers voted on their favorite t-shirt design and “Robot Made Cocktails” is the winner. [caption id="attachment_695" align="aligncenter" width="355"]Winning Shirt Design Winning Shirt Design[/caption] Since getting so much exposure via Kickstarter, we’ve been invited to attend events and conferences across the country. Last week we went to the Cool Product Expo at Stanford University. There were 30 relatively new companies there, most of whom had also gotten their start on Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Our booth was outside which wasn’t the best setup, making the lights and tablets nearly impossible to see. However, we met lots of interesting people and made some great connections. Several of our backers even came out and got a sneak peak at Bartendro! Next week, Pierre will be speaking on the Open Source Hardware Panel at DesignWest with Jason Kridner from Texas Instruments, Gert Van Loo from Broadcom, Chris Taylor from SparkFun, and Alex Wolfe from EE Times. He’ll also be giving a short presentation at the Gadget Freak DIY Lab Session. If you’re going to be at the conference make sure to stop by and say hi. One of the design modifications we’ve been working on is the spout assembly. While not a problem with the smaller bots, inserting the tubing for Bartendro 15 has been quite a pain. Working with a mechanical engineer, we have redesigned the spout assembly to pop on and off without any tools, making it easier to clean. The tubing separator has been opened up so that all the tubes can now enter from the side. [caption id="attachment_704" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Original Tubing Separator Original tubing separator[/caption] [caption id="attachment_707" align="aligncenter" width="400"]The original spout design made it difficult to insert tubing for cleaning and maintenance. The original spout design made it difficult to re-insert tubing if one popped out.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_694" align="aligncenter" width="400"]IMG_2039 New Tubing Separator[/caption] ShotBot and Bartendro 3 have also gotten a bit of a makeover, getting updated faceplates. These are nearly finished and ready to order. The dispenser electronics have been improved and we’ll be ordering the boards this week. Power supplies have already been ordered and are expected towards the middle to end of May. The miniRouter and Router boards are next up for production prep. We’re also looking at some cross bracing to add rigidity to the larger frames. Everything is still on track and our hopes are to have the first kit shipments out at the end of May and our first bot shipments in early June! Will continue to keep you all updated in the coming weeks.