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Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock

This post may be early, but if you had the Barisieur Coffee Alarm clock, at least you would be refreshed and relaxed while you’re reading it.  Unfortunately, this Kickstarter is still only about half way to it’s goal, and even then, you’d have to wait until 2017 before you could take delivery of it.  Regardless, it’s a nice idea.

I do have some issues with it though.  Firstly, it looks great on the model hotel room beds that they show people using it on, but in the real world, people’s night stands are crowded, cluttered, messes.  I wouldn’t trust all the fragile glass, and liquid to the amount of stuff I leave and throw there.  Secondly, it seems like there’s an awful lot that can go wrong here.  It’s dependent on timers, and boilers.  I’m sure most/all of this has been taken into account, but still, I don’t know if I would trust it.

And finally, wouldn’t the smell of fresh coffee grounds be enough to keep you awake?  Yes fresh brewed coffee is nice to smell, but fresh grounds, in my opinion, is a much nicer, stronger smell.



Dot Matrix Coffee Printer

printing with coffee

This isn’t exactly dot matrix printing, but the effect is similar.  It’s nothing ground breaking, but it is cool, albeit useless.  Some people at RIT came up with machine that will reproduce pictures given to it as prints made with drops of coffee.  The coffee part isn’t required, any colored liquid will do, but coffee is readily available to most people, especially leftover coffee, so it was as good a medium as any.

The Arduino micro controller has 32KB of memory, which lets it print about an 80×100 pixel image.  It scans the image and turns it into dots that then determine how long to hold open the drip nozzle.  This creates variously sized dots that while still liquid look pretty good from afar.  As you can see below, the resulting dried pictures is more blurry then the nice crisp dots:

dry picture

Watch this pretty interesting, but all too quiet video of the process.  It’s nice because it’s sped up, it’s boring because it’s quiet.

{Peta Pixel}


Centrifuged Espresso

You can file this under the “why?” category.  The same one that has the motto: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.  But then again, this is Deadly Computer, we push the limits of things we can do.

Way back in 2007, James Hoffman got himself a centrifuge.  He then decided that he wanted to see what would happen when he put some espresso into it.  Well, you can pretty much guess what happened.  The coffee, and oils and fine grounds seperated, and all tasted nasty.

coffee oil

I have to give him credit for trying the extracted oil from the espresso.  I don’t know if I would.  It’s super concentrated, and apparently nasty tasting.  But hey, this is all for “science” right?

{reddit|JIM Seven}

science video

360° Coffee Harvesting

Nescafe is taking advantage of the 360° video offered by Google and showing the coffee harvest on one of their plantations down in Brazil.  I think it’s pretty cool to see this technology in use in a real world application, as opposed to the regular marketing stunts that they so far have been done with.

{reddit|The Drum}