While most people eat more than one Skittle at a time in order to “taste the rainbow”, some take the individual route, and actually prefer one flavor over another. Brian Egenriether is obviously one of those people. In order to make the sorting process easier, he created a machine whose sole task is to divide Skittles:
This is a machine I designed to sort Skittles. It uses a BASIC Stamp 2 and 3 servos for actuation. An IR LED and phototransistor are used to stop the turnstile in position. I fabricated may of the parts from epoxy including the body, the turnstile, the chute header, etc. The base is wood and the funnel is from a hummingbird feeder. The rest is made from telescope parts and PVC. I’ve made some recent modifications to the machine. Now the color detection stage is visible and I painted some previously unfinished parts.
Hit the jump to watch it in action.