Version 2 video!

We’ve been enjoying testing The Inebriator Version 2 over the last couple months, and finally remembered to actually video it:

Most notable changes:

  • 16 optics in two layers – The carriage has been redesigned (twice) to allow for another axis of movement. This has allowed us to mount two rows of bottles with Beaumont spirit measures.
  • Switching mixers from a pressurised system with valves to using pumps – This slows the pouring, but vastly simplifies the machine as a whole. We have a capacity for 16 pumps
  • Addressable LEDs – There is a total of 132 in use currently, 4 in each bottle holder, 36 in the drip tray and 32 for the rfid reader. We’ve tried not to over do their use in terms of tacky multi colour sequences and keep it simple.
  • New console – The console housing has been redesigned to be mounted on the frame, plus the RFID reader has been incorporated into it. The .netmf board has been upgraded to the Fez Panda 3 which is generally quicker and has more memory than the v2 which is useful for the xml processing and collections in use.
  • Hall effect sensors – All micro switches have been replaced with hall effect sensors and magnets. There is still some work to be done here to mount the magnets better.
  • Completed Drinks Tray

    Hello, its been a long time since we updated, and that’s mainly due to both of us being extremely busy with our day jobs. There has however been some progress and this is partly facilitated by our new CNC machine. The CNC was purchased from ebay and so far we have been extremely impressed with the machine.

    The first thing we made for The Inebriator was the new glass tray which will hold the glass whilst the drink is being dispensed. The glass tray also needs to house the LED ring to allow for some nice lighting affects.

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    Glass Tray LED Ring

    We’ve been working hard recently on the electronics and control system for Version 2 and thought we would share the LED ring we have made for the drinks tray.

    This will illuminate the glass and drinks tray, it is made from two strips of 18 WS2812 RGB LEDs back to back. Each LED is individually controllable with PWM. The advantage of using these strips is that we can interface it with just 3 wires: 5V, ground, and one data pin.
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    V2 Frame!

    We have our new bespoke frame! it’s taken us a while to source it, professional fabricators wanted exorbitant fees to make what we thought would be quite simple. Fortunately we were able to persuade a friend to make it for us. We are happy to say he has done a brilliant job.

    Progress on the project should start to accelerate now, and we hope to bring lots of new photos and videos of progress in the new year.

    V2 Frame