A start-up in Seattle has created the "Textspresso," a coffee machine that accepts and prepares specialized coffee orders via text message and will soon also print directly onto the coffee's top layer of cream
After receiving the text order, a mechanical arm automatically picks up a mug from a warming tray and carries it to the espresso maker
Zipwhip worked out the movement scripts for the mechanical arm by having employees test different motions using an Xbox 360 controller
When Seattle-based start-up, Zipwhip, wanted to show off its new cloud texting platform, it needed a way to demonstrate just how useful it could be. Most companies might talk data points, like how fast its platform broadcasts or how its product offers a service no one else does. Instead, Zipwhip got a little creative and built the "Textspresso" coffee maker, a machine that accepts and brews specialty coffee orders via text message so the beverage is ready once a person arrives to pick it up.
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