#1 By: Cory Doctorow, July 4th, 2013 18:22
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
#2 By: Anton, July 4th, 2013 18:28
Adding to my stash of ideas for the eventual robot tattoo sleeve. I think Coffeebot and I would be good friends.
#3 By: AlexG55, July 5th, 2013 04:02
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)
#4 By: Halloween Jack, July 5th, 2013 07:45
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.
#5 By: Anton, July 5th, 2013 09:42
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...)
#6 By: Kaleberg, July 5th, 2013 14:01
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.
#7 By: TheGlitchEcliptic, July 5th, 2013 14:52
#8 By: David, July 5th, 2013 18:45
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.
#9 By: CLamb, July 6th, 2013 11:59
If it turns itself off when the coffee is done how does it keep it hot?
#10 By: Cory Doctorow, July 9th, 2013 18:23
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