A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
What is the Mix Master?
A table top automatic cocktail creator that produces tasty cocktails in seconds! Great for parties, conferences and weddings or just to have behind your bar to impress customers at any venue!
A visual feast as Mix Master moves its axis left to right. No special capsules to purchase, just simply pop to your local store to get everything you need. The cocktail combinations are only limited by your imagination and the size of machine. Pumps are designed for juices and thicker liquids while optics pour your favorite spirits.
If you have selected a coin acceptor then you can make money straight away. Credit mode is selected in app and you can set costs for different cocktails.
What Models are Available?
Mix Master 12 - 8 pumps and 12 Optics
Mix Master 8 - 4 pumps and 8 Optics
Mix Master 4 - 2 Pumps and 4 Optics
This family of automatic cocktail dispensers can accurately and repeatedly pour beautiful tasty cocktails with style. Place your glass on the tray and watch your beverage travel to different spirits and juices to be filled with your custom recipe.
How do I Control it?
All machines are accompanied with a 7 inch android tablet and app . Tablets are connected wirelessly via Bluetooth. You can create your own cocktail quickly or select pre made drinks created in the cocktail editor.
All machine data is available. This is handy for predicting stocks required and keeping track of levels. Data recorded includes:
Levels of spirits and juices
The software also includes ice in its calculations for strength and volume. This prevents any accidental overflow.
How do I Clean it?
The machines use peristaltic pumps so there is no contact between moving parts and liquids. Run a soapy solution through the pumps then freshwater and you're done.
Do I have to Maintain it?
A little Vaseline on the activator screw and a small a bit of oil on the Z axis linear ball bearings and that's all it needs! Very low maintenance.
What is the Brain?
Everything is connected to an Arduino Nano. Arduino is an open source platform where micro controllers are used for building digital devices. Using this platform keeps costs down including spare parts. All parts used are available in the DIY maker market. It is built in a modular format so hardware is 'plug and play'. Future possible mods include breathalyzer, ID scanner and card machine.
The machines are built in house from the ground up. All electronic drawings will be supplied if you decide that you would like to create your own app and software. You can also expand by connecting to the Aux port. The Aux RJ45 port supplies 12V power and data connections. This will allow you to connect anything you want to the main control board via I2C.
How does the Tablet and Machine operate together?
Check out this video that shows the seamless hardware/software integration.
Each LED is addressed and they have their own driver built in. There is a ring illuminating the tray and individual pixels illuminating each bottle including the pump outlet. Different modes are programmed so either have the machine illuminated like a rainbow or turn them all off.
Mix Masters will be supplied with a front perspex screen with an opening in the middle. This prevents users helping themselves to a free bar.
Bluetooth connectivity with machine
Level monitoring and control
Automatic disabling of cocktails if levels are not sufficient
X and Z axis homing switches
Fully customizable LED display
Ultrasonic glass detector
Customizable travel speed settings
On screen alarm annunciation
Manager and staff password access
Built in cocktail builder and editor with picture upload
Accurate 3D printed peristaltic pumps
Expandable with coin acceptor
USB slots for tablet charging
Tethered tablet with Kensington lock.
I will be vlogging the whole experience on YouTube for backers to follow my journey. You will be able to be with me every step of the way. You can find it here.
Why am I here?
I have worked hard to supply a reliable machine that can be manufactured for you at an affordable price and at commercial quality. Many long nights coding and I am proud to bring you this project that will revolutionize the bar industry.
All the hard work has been done. No more coding or tweaking. Just build in quantities.
I require funds to purchase more machinery, equipment and buy in bulk. Machines can then be built better and quicker and cheaper for everyone.
Being a small company it is a challenge to get capital so I am here to 'KickStart' the MixMaster and a robot vending company.
If successfully funded here are the major steps in getting the machines to you.
Order electronic components in bulk
Order machinery and equipment
Convert new workshop space
Create jigs for frames
Build Mix Masters / Acceptors
Ship to you!
View the Manual
For a better and more detailed understanding check out the manual here.
Peristaltic pumps do not handle carbonated liquids very well. They will be dispensed flat and taste awful.
'Light' spirits are ideal. Sometimes if 'Heavy' thick spirits are used the optics do not refill after a operation. There are options in the settings to flick the optic to ensure a successful refill is achieved.
Pictures include the final colors that will be supplied. White gloss frame and light grey components.
If used in a vend application ensure it is supervised at all times. There may be that one person at a party who spoils it for everyone else.
Level accuracy is dependent on correctly calibrated pumps and correctly entered data.
Electronics are installed on the lower left back of the machine. They are open so please be careful not to spill liquid on control board.
Please drink responsibly
This is the original prototype. It didn't even have a name. The Mix Master was then born and has come a long way from here.
Thanks for Looking!
Risks and challenges
We still have to set up packaging as we want to ensure your machine arrives as good as it left us. The machine frame will come fabricated with minimal assembly.
I understand that shipping is expensive worldwide but this is due to the strong and stable construction used, The machines are built to be rugged and withstand up to 12 three litre glass bottles of spirits along its width.
I have not created machines in large quantities yet. This is a challenge I am capable of completing as I have welders, pick and placers, solderers and a family of helpers ready to go. I have set up communication with factories to get units direct but also need funds to order in bulk.
Have your very own Mix Master 4. 2 pumps and 4 optics. 6 ingredients to make your very own cocktails, includes tablet and app. Small assembly may be required. Grab this deal quick at 25% off! Save £350.00!
Have your very own Mix Master 4. 2 pumps and 4 optics, includes tablet and app. Small assembly may be required. Also includes the Coin acceptor which turns your machine into a money maker, no need to give away free drinks.
Have your very own Mix Master 8. 4 pumps and 8 optics, includes tablet and app. Small assembly may be required. Also includes the Coin acceptor which turns your machine into a money maker, no need to give away free drinks.
Have your very own Mix Master 12. 8 pumps and 12 optics, includes tablet and app. Small assembly may be required. Also includes the Coin acceptor which turns your machine into a money maker, no need to give away free drinks.