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This Machine Sorts Your M&M’s Like A Candy Coinstar

If you’re an M&M color snob and can only eat the blue ones, this sorter would be your best friend.

Willem Pennings, a Mechanical Engineering student at the Eindhoven University of Technology created a machine that can separate your M&M’s or Skittles by color.

Using an RGB color sensor, the machine can detect the color of each candy, and sort them, two pieces per second.

Kind of like a coin sorter, you drop the M&M’s, or Skittles into the top funnel and let it go to work. After the sorting process, Pennings created an arm that rotates and drops the candy into one of the corresponding six bowls below it.

Pennings said this was a project he wanted to undertake for years, and finally made some time for it over the last few months.

This needs to become a thing, because I’m tired of having to dig through the bag just to get all the red Skittles.


Starbucks Coffee and Coinstar Team Up To Create Seattle’s Best Coffee Vending Machines

Today we bring you news regarding the “Rubi,” a coffee kiosk brought to you by Coinstar and Seattle’s Best Coffee, who is partners with Starbucks.

The two companies plan to launch thousands of kiosks in grocery and drug stores, with machines available as early as this summer in the Northeast and West Coast. Seattle’s Best Coffee and Coinstar are expecting 500 kiosks by the end of this year, and thousands in the years to come.

If you’re a little surprised to see Coinstar as their partner, don’t be. Coinstar, the company behind the Redbox Movie Rental kiosks and Coinstar Coin-Counting kiosks (I hope that wasn’t a surprise), have already run a highly successful test pilot.

According to a press-release from Starbucks, the Rubi kiosk grinds and brews fresh, whole beans on demand for single cup servings. Starting at $1 for a cup of coffee, the machines also specialize in other drinks, such as mochas and vanilla lattes, for $1.50.

Personally, I think this is a fresh spin on the coffee vending machines that we’re all used to seeing. If you were one of the lucky people who got a taste from the pilot machine, or see one pop up in your neighborhood, feel free to drop us some feedback in the comments!