News: 9/11: Made the front page of hackaday! Very cool. I’m a big fan of their site, so it’s an honor to be listed on their front page. Check it out here.
9/10: Website is online. Videos are up as well. More videos will be added soon. More pictures will be added soon. Thanks for all of your support.
In 2007, a group of engineering students got together to form a robotics group for a senior design project at UC Santa Cruz. Since graduation, it has become a tradition that we build a robot for each other’s wedding ceremony or reception.
In 2008, we built a robotic flower girl (B.F.G. Big Flower Girl) for Rachel’s wedding.
This year, for Sean and Christen’s wedding, we decided to build a mixed drink dispensing robot.
B.E.N.D.E.R., the BananaSlug Engineered Nuptial Drink Emitting Robot, is a mixed drink pouring machine capable of mixing up to 8 different ingredients. However, in order to place an order with the robot, you are first required to leave a 30 second congratulations video for the bride and groom.
After you have left your video, you then place your glass into the robotic hand. It will move your cup from station to station, pouring exact amounts of each of the ingredients required for your drink into your cup.
B.E.N.D.E.R. has a tablet interface, providing ease of use for the end user. It also gives us easy access to adminstrative tasks. The end result videos are stored on the tablet for the couple to look at later.
Thank you for visiting the page. We are going to keep the design as open source as possible, and will be providing as many CAD files as we possibly can.