The coffee-dealing automaton is the creation of David Frank and Carter Hurd.
Arms, Alexa and empty scoops
The two students added a pair of arms to the machine: one for putting the coffee filter in its place and another for scooping coffee grounds.
The resulting coffee-bot is somewhere between a Mr Coffee and a Muppet.
Unfortunately, the coffee scooping is a bit hit-or-total-miss. Mostly miss by the looks of things. The scoop in the video might give you a hint of coffee, at best.
What they can do, however is ask their googly-eyed coffee maker for the weather, or play their caffeine playlist.
At the moment, they can’t ask it to start making a brew. This process currently requires the human touch.
The students say their next goal is to get the machine to respond to “Alexa, make me coffee” with a fresh pot.
As I said, cute but disappointing. For now.