I’m a little teaBOT short and stout…
“We don’t have lunch hour anymore, we have lunch minutes.” This was the idea behind one team of Toronto-based Makers’ endeavor to converge grab-and-go food with modern-day robotics. The device, aptly named teaBOT, was designed to eliminate the hassle and guesswork out of whipping up a quintessential cup of loose leaf tea.
When think about the fact that most tea requires anywhere from five to 10 minutes to brew, not to mention that each type of tea leaf needs to steep at a certain temperature in order to get the right flavor, this can certainly be an efficient and cost-effective solution for cafes, especially amid the hustle and bustle of major metro areas.
The system itself includes a “100% Atmel-powered” automated kiosk that lets customers choose from 18 different ingredients to create over 10,000 of flavor combinations via an accompanying mobile app, and receive a perfect drink in just 30 seconds. With the help of a tablet, users can either choose from a menu of popular mixtures curated from fellow customers or make a blend of their own. From there, they are prompted to adjust the brew’s strength and the ratio of flavors.
Adding to its convenience factor, patrons not only can pay with the swipe of a credit card but their Apple Watch as well. And after deciding on what to order, they can quickly store the selection or share it with their friends via the app.
Establishments who install a machine will receive a percentage of the revenue, while teaBOT will own and operate the kiosks for them, including servicing parts and replacing supplies.
The team has been hard at work building teaBOT in Canada for over a year and have officially launched in California with the help of Y Combinator. The machine is currently live in Coupa Cafe in Palo Alto with a second set to launch at the Workshop Cafe in San Francisco. After all, what better place to have a high-tech, automated tea device than in the heart of Silicon Valley?
Intrigued? Watch the teaBOT in action below! Oh and speaking of tea, remember this DIY, Atmel-driven tea robot from Modulo?