doctorow at July 4th, 2013 18:22 — #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 at July 4th, 2013 18:28 — #2
Adding to my stash of ideas for the eventual robot tattoo sleeve. I think Coffeebot and I would be good friends.
alexg55 at July 5th, 2013 04:02 — #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_ at July 5th, 2013 07:45 — #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 at July 5th, 2013 09:42 — #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 at July 5th, 2013 14:01 — #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 at July 5th, 2013 14:52 — #7
d_r at July 5th, 2013 18:45 — #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 at July 6th, 2013 11:59 — #9
If it turns itself off when the coffee is done how does it keep it hot?
doctorow at July 9th, 2013 18:23 — #10
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