LOCKHEED MARTIN INNOVATION AWARD
For the Carnegie Mellon University BUILD 18 hackathon, our team brought to life a pop up coffee shop concept in collaboration with Constellation Coffee (Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh). Destination Constellation creates a unique and branded experience for every customer by drawing unique computer generated maps on to-go coffee cups.
Constellation Coffee is nestled in-between many Pittsburgh neighborhoods, and has an important role as a gathering place to share culture, events and discoveries.
After customers have ordered their pour-over coffee and are waiting, they can quickly pop in their name (and answer some quick ‘personality’ questions) in our store front app. Immediately they watch our CNC robot draw a custom design onto their cup.
When their coffee is ready, they’re given a cup with their name & directions to a unique location in Pittsburgh. The map was designed to evoke the coffee shop's signature constellation while being quick for the robot to draw.
I built the front-end of the store front app. After customers entered their name, the app would:
- pull a location from our database,
- query Google Maps API for walking directions,
- take the walking directions, visualize them as SVG lines, plotting them to an HTML5 canvas element
- query our database for ‘landmarks’, then plot their location on HTML5 canvas
- convert the location directions to our custom CNC script font, plot that to the HTML 5 canvas
- export and upload the finished SVG file to the CNC machine for printing
In the end, the user didn’t see all that. They just got a sweet cup of coffee.
left to right:
Westin Lohne - thats me yo
Chloé Desaulles - Visual Arts & Neuroscience '19
Thomas Eliot - Electronic & Computer Engineering '16
Lockheed Martin Recruiter - lol
Arun Marsten - Music & Information Systems '16
Sascha Demetris - Mechanical Engineering '16