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May 24, 2008
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Project Members: 
Elisa Oreglia


A portable frother for traveling Italians who can't live without a proper cappuccino (actually, the motor is not powerful enough for cappuccino, but works ok for macchiato).


Paperclip, stretched out and twisted at the end
Arduino and breadboard
1 DC motor
1 pot
2 AA batteries
1 transistor
2 resistor



 * one pot fades one motor
* modified version of AnalogInput
* by DojoDave <>
* Modified again by dave

int potPin = 0; // select the input pin for the potentiometer
int motorPin = 9; // select the pin for the Motor
int val = 0; // variable to store the value coming from the sensor
void setup() {
void loop() {
val = analogRead(potPin); // read the value from the sensor, between 0 - 1024
analogWrite(motorPin, val/4); // analogWrite can be between 0-255


caffe macchiato

caffe macchiato


Comments from TAs

Good job! I can just imagine you traveling with an arduino in your carry on bag! :) The concept of a portable espresso kit is really interesting. I wonder if you could create a compact device that brews and froths coffee drinks... It would be a tricky but interesting challenge to get all of those pieces into a small device!

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