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Posted: Aug 16, 2012

Zipwhip powers world's first text-enabled espresso machine (w/video)

(Nanowerk News) Textspresso. It’s a beautiful thing. In order to combine their cloud texting service with Seattle's technology and coffee cultures, the folks at Zipwhip created a machine that sends and receives text messages while simultaneously making a coffee.
Zipwhip is a cloud texting company based out of Seattle, Washington. They created this machine to show off the capabilities of our software. However, they don't make these machines commercially and it's not for sale.
Here is what they say:
You heard right. We’ve got a robotic barista in the house. Did we mention there’s also a warming plate to keep your coffee warm? Once that feature was completed we decided to take things to the next level. We added an edible ink jet printer that provided a truly over the top touch. The build was completed with lots of head-scratching and weekend work. It was worth it. We’re having trouble keeping beans on hand and our engineers are working through the night.
We are not in the business of making these machines commercially. This is the only machine of its kind and it’ll be living right here in our Seattle headquarters. We created it to show off the power of our cloud texting technology. Simply put, our service allows you to send and receive text messages from your computer using your main mobile number. It’s very simple…building Textspresso was not.
If you have an Android powered smartphone you can go to zipwhip.com now to download our apps and start utilizing our technology. As for the Textspresso, if you’re interested in making one of your own we’ll be open sourcing all of the code and build plans in the near future. Just be sure to send us some video of your creation! Until then you’ll have to stick with those over-priced Americanos from Starbucks.
We just made human baristas old school.
Source: Zipwhip
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