LEGO Cup Holder Helps You to Stay Hydrated

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Consume extra fruit, workout extra, drink extra fluids; early January is historically the time to put into effect New Yr’s resolutions. Lots of the commonplace ones merely require self-discipline, but when it’s staying hydrated that you just’re focused on, then some assist is to be had. [Pepijn de Vos] designed (*2*)a LEGO cup holder and an accompanying desktop app that let you know precisely how a lot water you’ve had up to now, making it more straightforward to get to these eight glasses an afternoon.

The fundamental thought is modest: the cup holder comprises a load mobile that senses the load of your consuming vessel. If the load decreases, then a message is shipped on your PC detailing the quantity misplaced. If the load will increase, then the glass should were refilled and the former weight is pushed aside. This fashion, the app merely wishes so as to add up the entire quantities reported, with no need to catch up on the load of the empty glass.

The difficult bit used to be integrating a load mobile into the LEGO construction. It required some fidgeting with Flex Device hoses to make sure the platform’s weight rested handiest at the load mobile, whilst nonetheless being strong sufficient to securely hang a complete glass of water. The weight mobile is learn out via an amplifier and A/D converter, whilst the USB conversation is treated through a Teensy 3.

[Pepijn] changed an current GNOME desktop widget to show a cup icon and the whole quantity ate up, which turns out to paintings lovely easily judging from the video embedded under. The entire code or even a whole set of LEGO construct directions are to be had at the undertaking’s Github web page. If merely tracking your fluid consumption isn’t sufficient of a nudge for you, then take a look at this tool that floods your table if you happen to don’t drink sufficient.

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