I usually just pour skittles into my mouth regardless of colour, or amount (can be messy), but this cool new device by inventor Brian Egenriether that automatically sorts Skittles for you.
The Skittles Sorting Machine is an automated device that will separate the sweeties (candies for those in the States) by individual colour. How is it done? Apart from some magic, it’s based on a sophisticated detection system.
…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 many 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.
Check out the video below to see it do its stuff:
via: Incredible Things