Automatic Milk and Cereal DispenserBy Dabhade, Nandan C.; Law, Thomas C.; NSF 2007 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities,
Publication Date: 2010
Description of a button operated automatic food dispenser with two compartments for holding milk and cereal. The dispenser was designed for people with limited upper extremity strength. The device is versatile in that the containers may be used to fill and dispense almost any food that is snack sized and other liquids such as water and juice. It was crafted from an existing hand powered cereal dispenser. The main features of the Automatic Milk and Cereal Dispenser are a modified shaft and gearbox, a fluid pump, a power converter, and a cooling unit. The fluid pump was originally designed to regulate the flow of fluid into model airplanes, and the cooling unit was originally designed to be incorporated into a car cooler. The fluid pump’s exit pipe was placed next the cereal dispensing tube, allowing it to be poured into the bowl at the same time as the cereal is dispensed. Total cost of the prototype was 180 dollars. The Automatic Milk and Cereal Dispenser was designed by students at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Published by: Creative Learning Press, Inc. (Website:http://www.creativelearningpress.com)
Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2007/Chapter11,SUNY%20Buffalo.pdf