NUST student invents smart coffee machine

“Switch on.” “Make coffee.” “Reheat my coffee.” These are some of the basic instructions you can give the smart coffee machine that was invented by Julia Ndjene, a NUST student, with guidance from Dr Smita Francis, Project Supervisor and Lecturer of the Faculty of Engineering.

Drinking coffee is a daily tradition for millions of people across the globe, with many claiming they simply cannot cope without this warm beverage. Julia, a final-year Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications student, says her invention was inspired by the current trends in the Internet of Things (IoT), which is a concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet.

She wanted to make a contribution to the coffee brewing industry by designing this machine that simplifies the preparation process.

“All one needs is to make sure there is water and coffee in the machine then via your mobile phone you can text the machine giving it instructions. So for instance, you can text your machine on your way to work and by the time you get to the office, your fresh cup of coffee is ready for you,” she said.

The interacting system was designed at NUST and installed on an off-the-shelf non-programmable coffee machine “I am very proud of Julia, usually girls are intimidated by engineering studies, but she is a shining example of what females can achieve,” said Dr Smita Francis, Project Supervisor.

She added that: “With modifications, there is a possibility of placing the machine on the market, therefore, we welcome sponsors to come on board and assist with fine tuning and manufacturing of this invention.”

The smart coffee machines that are currently available, are only ‘timer programmable,’ meaning one can only time the machine to switch on or off at a predetermined time. However, Julia’s machine, goes a step further, as it responds to text messages, thus there is a two-way communication.

Date: 
Friday, June 14, 2019
for Month: 
June, 2019

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