While many of us enjoy the pleasure of mixed alcoholic beverages, not everyone wants to take the time to make them ourselves. Perhaps that’s why the Raspberry Pi-powered Bartendro cocktail mixing bot proved so popular that it easily reached its $135,000 Kickstarter goal. Yet, the Bartendro’s decidedly homespun look might not fly so well in more respectable establishments. Enter the Monsieur, which is a much more elegant solution for lazy lushes everywhere. Monsieur is a “robotic bartender” housed inside a stylish black box, developed by Georgia Tech mates Barry Givens and Eric Williams after Givens got tired of waiting for a mixed drink at a bar. The duo spent months working to make sure it poured just the right measurements per drink (that must’ve been fun to test) and making other refinements that resulted in the machine you see above.
The Monsieur comes in either eight or 12 bottle configurations, and you can find out which alcohol or mixer to put in which slot by following the instructions on the machine. It has a built-in recipe library, customizable drink profiles and it even creates a grocery list for you. Right now the machine uses an Android tablet …read more
If you were wondering what happened to the Arduino Yun after it missed its original June release target, you can relax: it’s now on sale worldwide. As promised, the $69 (€52) design combines a garden variety Leonardo board with a WiFi system-on-chip running Limino, giving owners a customizable wireless access point with Ethernet, USB and a microSD slot. Tinkerers can also program the Arduino component over the air using a newly updated developer environment. Those already sold on the concept can buy an Arduino Yun at the source link, while newcomers can check out an introductory video after the break.
Via: Arduino Blog
Source: Arduino Store
Motorola’s not just pinning its hopes on the success of its new smartphone, the Moto X, it’s also going after tablets. As CEO Dennis Woodside told Engadget at the company’s Fort Worth facility, “That’s something we are working on, but [there’s] nothing specific to talk about right now.” While we’re sure this new Moto tablet X will be a far cry from the company’s past Xoom and Xyboard efforts, it’s not clear if the device will be available to consumers through Moto Maker, the company’s made-to-order site. But with Woodside and other Motorola’s execs insistence that customization is the way forward, chances are you’re likely to see the in-the-works slate arrive with various configuration options. There’s also a likelihood Motorola could release a phablet-sized Moto X. Woodside said the company also plans to explore other form factors that incorporate “some of the design cues, as well as technologies, from the Moto X[.]”
It wasn’t supposed to happen this way: Motorola had picked the date for its Fort Worth, Texas facility’s dedication ceremony first. But then Apple went ahead to claim the date and stole the day’s spotlight with its new iPhone reveals. No matter, as the gathering of press, factory workers and bold-faced names — Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Texas Governor Rick Perry — seemed minorly preoccupied with the major news of the day. We were in the midst of Nokia’s old manufacturing plant, after all, now the birthplace of all custom-made Moto X’s and there was the spirit of American manufacturing to celebrate.
To drive that point home, some very Springsteen-ish tunes were pumped over the loudspeakers as we all patiently awaited the end of Cupertino’s product showcase and the start of Motorola’s ‘we can too make it in the USA’ toldja moment. I even half-expected Miley Cyrus to jump onstage with an assortment of teddy bears brandishing raver-hued Moto X’s. She didn’t and an Americana Twitter-trending hashtag moment was missed. Still there was one exceptional and unscripted highlight waiting in the wings. It wasn’t CEO Dennis Woodside nose-thumbing at those …read more
We hate to open too negatively here, but let’s just say that this seems like one of those ideas that’s just too good to be true. But heck, much stranger things have happened in the world of consumer electronics, and certainly the maker and crowdfunding communities have gone a ways toward helping us rethink our devices. What about a smartphone that could score a 10 every time iFixit teared it down? A simple, modular handset that you could configure and reconfigure it to your heart’s content and upgrade simply instead of throwing it all away? Phoneblok is still firmly in the chipper YouTube video concept phase, but its creators are hoping that, with enough social push at the same time, the company will be able to attract some big names to its big idea. Crazy? Sure. But crazier things have happened.
Source: Phone Bloks
The dust has settled on Apple’s 2013-era iPhone launch, so it’s time that we delved into what the damage is here in ‘ol Blighty. EE, along with its buddies Orange and T-Mobile, has confirmed that it’ll carry both the iPhone 5s and 5c from launch. LTE contract users who are six months into their EE deal will also be able to take advantage of the conveniently-announced Swap service. O2 has said that customers will be able to use O2 Refresh to upgrade their handset from launch, and Vodafone and Three have both given the thumbs-up to carrying the pair of handsets. No-one’s talking about specific contract pricing, but we expect carriers will drip-feed this information in poker-faced chunks between now and the September 20th launch date.
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