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Coffee

— Robotics

Cornell's robot barista learns as it brews

If robots are going to become part of our everyday lives, they'll need to learn to work with everyday things. That means being able to read instruction manuals and figuring out how to use new machines. That's the plan of researchers at Cornell University, who have programmed a robot barista that can not only make a latte, but figure out how to use an unfamiliar espresso maker. Read More
— Around The Home

BodyBrew takes the heat out of brewing for coffee aficionados

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, loved for its flavor as well as the energy boost from caffeine. Most people hot brew coffee, but it is also possible to brew it with cold water, which is the concept behind BodyBrew’s the Bod. The unit is aimed at coffee aficionados who don’t mind the slow process it involves to get the perfect coffee extract. It is also claimed to be healthier and taste better. Read More
— Space

Portland State University creates zero-g espresso cups for space

Space travel is a bit more civilized now that there's a bespoke Italian espresso machine aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Unfortunately, solving one problem just raises another and the astronauts are still having to drink their cappuccinos out of placcy bags. To help the zero-g coffee aficionado, Portland State University's (PSU) Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science has developed a microgravity espresso cup that drinks like its earthbound counterparts. Read More
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