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.
Robot Coffee for All!
Mugsy is the world's first hackable, customizable, dead simple, robotic coffee maker. Every aspect of your brew can be controlled, from grind size and water temperature to pour over pattern and bloom time. If you prefer simplicity, Mugsy will get out of the way. Just send it a text, a tweet or hit that Coffee Now button and your cup will be ready in the time it takes to get to the kitchen.
Mugsy combines tried and true, hand crafted coffee brewing methods with incredible open source technology. With his built in steel conical burr grinder, rock solid water temperature control and nearly infinitely configurable pour over patterns, your home brewed coffee will be your favorite coffee. Mugsy even learns how to make the best cup of coffee just for you. Dial in every setting, or let Mugsy do all of the work. He doesn't mind.
Why is Mugsy's coffee so tasty?
Mugsy recreates and automates the hand made pour over brewing process, one of the tastiest methods to get a great cup of coffee. But making a pour over can be time consuming and lets face it, people are busy and they need coffee, right now.
Mugsy's brewing process starts with the perfect grinding of your favorite whole bean coffee. Please note that Mugsy only works with whole bean coffee, this is because coffee only remains fresh for a very short period of time after it is ground. If you are not grinding just before brewing, you have already lost the battle for a perfect cup.
Mugsy knows exactly how much coffee to grind but you can also dial in an exact weight to perfectly craft your pour over. This will help those users of ours who are obsessed with the details to get results no other automated machine has ever come close to.
While your coffee is grinding, Mugsy has already started heating water to the perfect temperature for brewing. His internal PID controller makes sure the water temperature never overshoots the dialed in setting. He even learns when you typically make a cup of coffee and will start heating water before you even realize you want a cup of coffee. This feature is purely optional, and can be turned off to conserve energy.
Once the water is ready Mugsy's stainless steel pour over cone begins to rotate 360 degrees. As the cone is turning, the water spout sweeps across a 180 degree arc. When these two movements are combined, it perfectly recreates the movements of a hand crafted pour over. And almost any pattern you can think of can be automated using our simple interface.
Wait about 2-3 minutes depending on the brew settings and then enjoy your perfect cup cup of coffee!
No apps, no fuss. Just coffee, right now.
Mugsy works the way you do. Send a text, a tweet or just ask Alexa for a fresh cup of coffee. Mugsy currently has integrations with email, sms, Twitter, Slack, Alexa and even the command prompt. With it's simple to use open ended API, we expect lots of new integrations to be coming out all the time. No need to learn a new clunky app, just communicate with Mugsy the way you already communicate with the world. Stay in bed a bit longer and let Mugsy make the coffee, he doesn't mind.
Mugsy Knows What Beans You're Using.
Mugsy always brews the best coffee because he knows exactly what beans you're using. Just scan your bag of beans with the built in barcode scanner and Mugsy will provide the best recipe for your tastes. And Mugsy's coffee database is growing every day.
Prefer to dial in your exact settings? No worries, Mugsy makes it easy to control every detail. Once you have it dialed in, share your recipe with all the other Mugsy's in the world.
A Better Cup, Every Day
One of Mugsy's main goals was to make sure someone running off to work with zero time got the same high quality result as a coffee expert dialing in every setting. So Mugsy learns how to make coffee for one type of user by analyzing the habits of a second type of user. This is what makes that "Coffee Now" button so powerful. You will always get the best setting's for your specific beans and never the "bare minimum".
Mugsy also uses Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to learn how to make a cup of coffee that perfectly fits with your preferences. By tracking and analyzing the natural variability of the brewing process Mugsy can hone in on your specific preferences. Just let Mugsy know if you preferred today's cup or yesterday's and he will have everything he needs to make your perfect cup.
Not interested in Mugsy's learning functionality? No worries, it is completely opt in and Mugsy works perfectly without it.
R.F I Didn't Know I Needed that!
Mugsy's main goal is to remove the friction from getting the best possible freshly brewed coffee you can with minimal effort. That's why he has a built in RFID reader. Just set your RFID enabled mug down onto the platform and Mugsy will start making your favorite brew. And you don't need to buy any fancy extras, he ships with several waterproof RFID stickers for your favorite mugs. Mugsy also comes with 2 RFID key fobs. Just swipe your keys and get a perfect cup with zero effort.
Want a Mugsy for your office? Use your employee's existing access cards to control their coffee settings. Mugsy can handle an unlimited number of users and an unlimited number of brew settings. No more empty pots when your dev team can brew directly from their Slack channel!
Green is good!
Mugsy's only waste is compostable coffee grounds. Thats basically a gift for your garden. Most importantly, that means no more pods filling up your garbage cans and landfills!
Control more than just coffee.
Since Mugsy runs off of a Raspberry Pi. you have an entire world of functionality to explore and integrate. Write your own apps using standard web technologies or just use use your favorites right away.
Mugsy fits in wherever he lives.
Mugsy's enclosure changes color depending on its current state or to whatever fits in with your decor. Things like water temperature and coffee levels all are very easy to discern using Mugsy's lighting. But sometimes you just need a fun change so changing color is super easy and uses a simple and common RGB interface.
Why does Mugsy only make pour overs?
The pour over brewing method fits into Mugsy's design like no other method can. It is beloved by coffee experts while also not being so complicated that it scares off folks just looking for fast, fresh cup. And it hasn't yet been automated and packaged for the home or office use in a really compelling way yet.
Please note that Mugsy does not make espresso!
DI Why Not?
Mugsy's development is deeply rooted in the maker and DIY community. Without the philosophy of open sharing fostered by companies like the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Arduino and the thousands of makers sharing their hard work, Mugsy simply could not exist. To continue on with that tradition, Mugsy is also available in an easy to assemble kit. Hack away and make Mugsy work exactly the way you want or just follow along with the in-depth build manual. And if you haven't built something before but always wanted to, no worries at all. If you've put together some Ikea furniture and know what a temrinal is, you can build your very own Mugsy.
How does Open Source technology make Mugsy better?
Mugsy is built on top of the incredible Raspberry Pi computer and his software is open source.
And by using open source software, the entire world can work on and improve Mugsy everyday. Either by adding new functionality, fixing bugs or keeping his IOT functionality as secure as the safest websites. It also allows us to easily integrate powerful tech that already exists into Mugsy with minimal effort.
We cant wait to see what people build with Mugsy! I'm crossing my fingers for a RetroPi integration ASAP!
Mugsy also uses and Arduino compatible board in it's controller circuit and we are forever grateful for the work Arduino has done to make hacking hardware easier than ever.
Although Mugsy uses a Raspberry Pi as controller, please note that we have no further association with The Raspberry Pi Foundation beyond our usage and being maker buds. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is not involved in the development, design or sale of Mugsy.
Level 1: $10 | Mugsy Pin and Sticker Pack!
Mugsy Pin and Sticker Pack! We learned everything we know about marketing from playing punk rock, so heres the proof! $10 gets you our eternal gratitude, a 4 pack of different pins and a bunch of awesome Mugsy stickers!
You love the robot, now meet his favorite coffee! Nautilus Roasting presents limited, small batch offerings for ordinary people who want to drink extraordinary coffee at home.
They present third-wave specialty coffee without the attitude, and believe that anybody can make a first rate cup of coffee for themselves with the right beans (and the right robot!). You get a 12oz bag of Nautilus Roasting's signature blend with special limited edition Mugsy + Nautilus Roasting packaging. You also get the pin and sticker pack from the level 1 reward!
Mugsy and Nautilus Roasting share more than just a love of incredible coffee. They are both built on a foundation of DIY traditions and work hard to support other small local businesses and their community as a whole.
Level 3: $150 | DIY Kit of Awesome! (Raspberry Pi Not Included)
Want to assemble your own Mugsy? This DIY kit is for you. Hack it to your exact specs or just follow along with the in-depth manual. This kit is for DIYers who already have a Raspberry Pi they want to use. If you need a Pi, please order the next reward. We recommend a Pi3 for snappy results and the more processor intensive app integrations. And you also get the pin and sticker pack from level 1!
Level 4: $175 | DIY Kit of Awesome! (Raspberry Pi Included)
The same awesome kit from Level 3 but this reward includes the Raspberry Pi 3 so you have everything you need to build your very own Mugsy.
Level 5: $250 | Mugsy: Fully Assembled and Ready to Brew
One Mugsy, ready to go. Perfectly crafted and ready to make you the best coffee immediately. Just plug it in, fill it up with beans and water and you're done..
Level 6: $350 | The Mugsy Mega Pack!
Mugsy: One fully assembled robotic coffee machine
Two bags of freshly Roasted Nautilus Roasting coffee
Two RFID Enabled Coffee Mugs
Mugsy Pin and Sticker Pack
5 Additional RFID Key Fobs
How will we use the funding?
Because Mugsy's design incorporates off the shelf parts, our manufacturing plan is very simple. All funds will be used only to order parts from our factory partners. We have already worked with the individual parts manufacturers and they are only awaiting our order totals at this point.
The only parts that need to be custom manufactured are the aluminum extrusion, corner brackets and our water sweep's arm. All three of these items are ready to be produced the second we send funds. The factories have our cad files and we have confirmed everything is order to start the process.
We have also recieved factory samples for all of other internal parts. This includes our grinder burr inserts, our water pumps, gearboxes, touch screens and more.
All Mugsy units and kits will be assembled in the United States in New York City.
Risks and challenges
The major benefit of Mugsy's design is that it uses off the shelf parts in a new and interesting way instead of reinventing the wheel. All of the parts- like the heating element, motors, pour over cone, water pumps, grinder inserts and more are already sourced and the factories are simply awaiting our order totals. The grinder uses a standard universal motor, so we simply order the total units from our motor factory. The enclosure panel materials are purchased in bulk and laser cut to fit in the United States. Using off the shelf parts greatly reduces the risk involved in manufacturing this type of product.
Even with such a simple manufacturing plan, there are still risks. There can be delays in shipping from the factory or even the possibility of them sending incorrect parts. Luckily our orders are guaranteed and we have spent the last year building strong relationships with our off shore factories.
If Mugsy sells a large amount of units, we will have to ramp up our US based assembly set up. This would add 3-4 weeks to lead times but once it was up and running we would be able to ship units much more quickly.
Want to assemble your own Mugsy? This DIY kit is for you. Hack it to your exact specs or just follow along with the in-depth manual. This kit is for DIYers who already have a Raspberry Pi they want to use. If you need a Pi included, please order the next reward.
Want to assemble your own Mugsy? This DIY kit is for you. Hack it to your exact specs or just follow along with the in-depth manual. This kit includes a Raspberry Pi so it has everything you need to get up and running!