Hand tools and fabrication machines
The ultimate college dorm room kitchen appliance, a ramen making machine! Not only can this little guy remotely brew university snack goodness, but it can be built for a great low price of ~$40.
Using a Particle Photon and an inexpensive off the shelf coffee maker, you too can enjoy super soup with the push of a button!
The challenge: Cook noodles in a place without a stove in a convenient way.
To build your own, this low cost coffee maker can be found at your local Walmart for under $10 (if it's in stock).
You can transform this coffee maker to make ramen by modifying the filter basket. Simply add a needle that punctures the top of ramen cup that can inject the boiling water.
To turn this coffee maker into an IoT Ramen maker we will first see what's under the hood.
DANGER!HIGHVOLTAGE/CURRENT You will be working with mains power, so take appropriate precautions and safety measures.
Breaking open this beast, you can find simply a power switch wired in series with a single heater. We will be adding a relay module in series to make the heater controllable. A relay in series will also allow the switch on the side of the coffee maker to be shut off.
Also you will need a 5V power source for the Photon.
This circuit can be wired in parallel to the main power.
After some heat shrink, soldering, hot glue and zip ties it's ready to be closed up.
How do you use it?
You can pre-setup the ramen cup and water, and start the brew on your way to your dorm after class, so your ramen is ready to eat when you get back.
1. First insert your unwrapped noodle cup
2. Pour 1 Cup of water into the coffee maker
3. Close the lid of the machine, puncturing the nodle cup
4. Use the Particle API to start the machine
5. Once all the water has boiled and entered the cup, wait 3-4 minutes for the cup to cool down, remove the ramen cup, and enjoy!
- This implementation does not measure water volume, so adding a pump could prevent and under/over filling.
- A motor or mechanical levers could automate the puncturing process, which would make it easier to insert the noodle cup.