Apple’s Siri voice assistant is quite clever and very accommodating, but it can’t make things happen in the real world. Not yet anyway. But when combined with Arduino, it’s capable of just about anything. Like controlling a beer-serving robot. If by serving we mean “pierce a can and let its contents splash and drip down to a waiting glass.” Very sanitary.
Made by the folks at redpepper, the whole set-up may look like part of a Rube Goldberg machine, but it’s actually pretty simple. But not so simple that I’d be able to make my own Beeri, even if all the materials were given to me and the instructions were relayed to me in the form of a children’s song. The first part of Beeri is a Twitter account. That’s the link between the robot and Siri. The real world link is Beeri’s monster truck. Powered by an Arduino Uno equipped with a WiFly Shield, the truck scans the Twitter account for a tweet with the word “pour” on it, upon which it will deliver the beer in a very monster trucky way:
It’s not practical, convenient or safe, but I’m sure the redpepper folks had a lot of fun building it. I’d like to see someone combine Siri with the breakfast-making machine and Beeri’s monster truck delivery service. Straight into the person’s mouth.