Automatic Skittle Sorter Sorts Out The Good Colors (Red)

November 6, 2012

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Let's face it: red is the best flavor Skittle. Why they don't just sell packs of all red is a crying shame. Tropical Skittles are an abomination and only two flavors of Wild Berry Skittles are acceptable (pink and red -- and pink is actually the same as regular Skittles red). This is a Skittle sorting machine made by Brian Egenriether. It sorts your Skittles out by color so you can easily throw all the green ones away.

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.

Sure you could probably sort Skittles by hand just as fast, but who has the time for that? My time is valuable. "Says the guy who just spent an hour staring at the ceiling trying to make out patterns in the texture." IT'S TRYING TO TELL ME SOMETHING.

Hit the jump for a brief video of the Skittle sorter sorting.

Thanks to Freebus, who will take you all the way downtown FOR NO COST.

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