Angus Colvin, Lead Tutor of BA (Hons) Product & Industrial Design, spoke at PUSHKA Forum on the responsibility of designers to the international community.
Stepan Pyaykh, tutor of BA (Hons) Product and Industrial Design programme, and his VOSQ bureau presented their barista robot during Hackathon at Skolkovo. Their technical assignment from Sberbank was to design a coffee point using Universal Robotics, a robotic manipulator that allows automating almost any task. The team suggested the concept of a tattooed robotic barista, equipped with water from a boiler. Coffee can be ordered through a terminal or a mobile app. The robot also likes telling jokes while preparing a drink.
“It would be so boring if our barista only pressed buttons and worked with the usual coffee equipment. We combined a manual espresso maker and aeropress and came up with a cylinder with different mouthpieces for various drinks. The robot chooses the mouthpiece by himself, pours water at the right temperature, and uses a forcer to create the necessary pressure to extract a drink from ground coffee. Our barista can grind his own coffee, and while there are no clients, he does writings on a chalkboard, makes pyramids out of coffee cups and whistles tunes,” told Stepan about his invention.
Other than the robotic barista, the hackathon featured projects of three other teams from BHSAD. The jury noted the work of Aliya Magalayeva and Ulyana Kovalenko: the students came up with a design for a VR-glove by TAU company. The ultra-sensitive device allows users to immerse themselves in virtual reality and interact with 3D objects using their hands without any additional equipment.
Participants of Skolkovo Hackathon were 21 teams made of students and graduates of Moscow universities. The aim of the project was to bring together young designers and engineers, so that in the future they would work together on innovative products for Russian technology companies.