doctorow — 2013-07-04T18:22:56-04:00 — #1
Behold, the magnificent coffeebot! Sounds like this was a timer-percolator with a thermos bottle or a hotplate, but man, what an illustration! READ THE REST
sadpear — 2013-07-04T18:28:24-04:00 — #2
Adding to my stash of ideas for the eventual robot tattoo sleeve. I think Coffeebot and I would be good friends.
alexg55 — 2013-07-05T04:02:21-04:00 — #3
Reminds me of the various automatic alarm clock/tea making devices that have been made- here's one from 1904.
(I'd post an image if BBS would let me)
halloween_jack_ — 2013-07-05T07:45:43-04:00 — #4
Coffeebot hands me my first cup of the day in bed, then sits next to me and gently rubs my back while I'm drinking it.
sadpear — 2013-07-05T09:42:16-04:00 — #5
I'd like it if Coffeebot could make soothing beeps and whirring sounds to help me wake up in the morning.
(Please stop me, I'm about to abandon a major work project to start writing a story about Coffeebot...)
kaleberg7 — 2013-07-05T14:01:13-04:00 — #6
Robot technology back then was still rather basic, but we forget what a big breakthrough something like a bimetallic strip thermostat was. Coking ovens used to have to be shut down - they took forever to cool - then cleaned, then heated back up - at huge cost in time and energy. Adding a thermostat let them run for decades. People used to have to shovel coal and stir a fire in the morning to warm up the house, at least until "iron firemen" were developed to add coal automatically and monitor the fire using a thermostat. So, yes, we expect a lot more from our robots these days, but in those breakthrough years something like a self regulating coffee pot was pretty exciting.
glitch — 2013-07-05T14:52:37-04:00 — #7
d_r — 2013-07-05T18:45:36-04:00 — #8
It is one of the better-known syphon (aka vacuum) pots. Vac pots were quite popular in the middle of the last century, and had a resurgence in the 90s.
clamb — 2013-07-06T11:59:26-04:00 — #9
If it turns itself off when the coffee is done how does it keep it hot?
doctorow — 2013-07-09T18:23:02-04:00 — #10
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