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Are you a selfie-obsessed millennial with a taste for coffee? Because “The Ripple Maker” might be your new favorite machine at that arthouse coffee shop you frequent on Saturday mornings. The machine was made after a tech startup wanted to attract us, the younger generation, to coffee shops (as if we weren’t already addicted to coffee in the first place). The Ripple Maker can take any picture on your phone and print it into the foam of your coffee for a nominal fee, and the inventors are hoping that shops all over the country will begin scooping up the machine. It can now be purchased by any business that serves coffee after the startup announced their plan for broader availability. Now imagine all of the Instagram photos we’ll be able to see if this thing really takes off.
The machine combines 3D- and inkjet-printing technologies, along with replaceable “Ripple Pods” containing an extract made from Arabica and Robusta coffee beans. Users prepare foam-topped beverages as they usually would, and then place the mug in the Ripple Maker. The machine then raises the mug up to its print head, where the selected design (known as a Ripple) is applied to the foam using the extract. The printing process takes 10 seconds.
This has got to be the stupidest idea I’ve read about since the time I decided to get on Wikipedia and learn about how and why the pet rock became a fad for about six months in the 1970s. Unless there is a coffee shop out there that will let me print nudes from my library into the foam of a latte, I want no part of this.
Such a worthless invention. What kind of narcissistic asshole wants a picture of themselves in the foam of their coffee while they sip it? Furthermore, who would want someone else’s face in the foam of their coffee? Is the heart that all of the artisanal coffee shops make in their lattes not enough anymore? Just drink your coffee sans some machine that can put your best friends face in the foam. .
[via New Atlas]
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