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A smattering of Katherine's past projects, current creations, and future dreams.

The Tea Engine

My entry for BarBot 2013, the Tea Engine is a robotically controlled tea service made from an antique coffee percolator set from the mid-1920s.  Those wishing tea simply need to dial the number on the rotary dial that corresponds to how they take their tea (2 for tea, 4 for tea with milk, 6 for tea with sugar, and 8 for tea with milk and sugar).  An Arduino microcontroller reads the number of pulses from the dial and opens for a set number of seconds to dispense the proper amount of tea, milk, and sugar.

The Tea Engine has been featured on - photos - video - and in the Oakland Tribune.