Dispensers have Shipped! July 03 2013, 0 Comments

The last couple of weeks have been packed with goodness. We enlisted several friends to help us with the manufacturing process and we're really starting to get a handle on the workload. We started shipping out dispensers yesterday and will have all of them out this week. Kits are going out early next week. We did run into a little bit of a problem with our power supplies that we recently received. We quickly discovered that the wrong connectors were used on the 72W supplies and the manufacturer has acknowledged the problem and is having one of their partners do the rework for us. They've assured us it will take no longer than two weeks. So, large kits that use the 200W supply will actually be going out first, followed by small kits, then bots. There's still quite a bit of software to be cleaned up on the user interface side, but we're going to send out kits to those that want them anyway starting next week. [caption id="attachment_1007" align="aligncenter" width="520"]IMG_4284 Erin shows off the drink menu to some thirsty innovators.[/caption] Last Thursday we set up Bartendro at the San Jose Tech Museum and dispensed tasty cocktails with some of our fellow cocktail bot makers from Barbot. Bartendro has become such a joy to use now that it only takes less than 10 minutes to setup and teardown. It used to take over an hour to clean and was a huge hassle to carry and load into a car, plus the smell of booze seemed to always linger in the bot and therefore it could never be put in the backseat of a car. As the longest user of the bots, I am quite thrilled at the evolution and continual progress we've gone through to make our own lives much easier. IMG_4287 [caption id="attachment_1009" align="alignright" width="366"]IMG_4288 Runway Incubator is appropriately named[/caption]   On Friday, we were in San Francisco and met up with our hamburger-robot making friends at Momentum machines. We explored the possibility of dispensing ketchup, and mayo. We were all amused to see that it worked quite nicely. Mayo was a little harder, but is an addressable problem if we improve the container that it is pumped from. Only a few days before that, we dispensed honey which dispensed accurately, but less volume than we thought. If the dispensers are slowed down we can likely improve accuracy significantly. We also met Allan Young at the Runway Incubator where we came up with an interesting application for ShotBot: a drink-enough-water reminder / enforcer. Shots of water could be poured throughout the day to make it more fun and easy for people to drink enough, or fulfill doctor's orders.