‘skittles sorting machine’ by brian egenriether
developed by brian egenriether, the one-off machine automates the sorting of skittles, m&ms,
and reese’s pieces into colored categories. candy is automatically dispensed into separate bowls
at the bottom, which can be accessed as easily as any candy dish.
components are fabricated from a machinable epoxy including the exterior housing, the turnstile,
the chute header and the hopper, where the base is made from wood and the bowls are ceramic.
the concept is controlled by a ‘BASIC stamp microcontroller’ and is actuated by three servo motors
and the color detection stage is done with a CCD sensor using red, blue, and green filters.
(left) orthographic view, (right) internal components