skittles sorting machine by brian egenriether
skittles sorting machine by brian egenriether skittles sorting machine by brian egenriether
jan 17, 2013

skittles sorting machine by brian egenriether

‘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



 demonstration video



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  • Very interesting and fun, I want one!

    Stacey says:
  • if they could have this for lucky charms that would save so much time all around the world. also, I half expected there to be a small elf inside there, maybe with a magnifying monocle, just dropping them into the correct chute.

    ideas R us says:
  • The doves would be out of a job if Aschenputtel was around!

    Dr Design says:
  • WOW. I can taste the rainbow one colour at a time now.

    LincolnHo says:

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