This past semester, I took ES50, Harvard’s introductory course in electrical engineering. For our final project, my group decided to make a voice-activated drink mixer! I was in charge of the coding component of the project.

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The code is available on github. To do the speech recognition, I used the Chrome Speech API. Once I have the transcribed text, I send the text to a local server, which figures out the drink that was ordered, and then sends the appropriate times to open each of the bottles. The server sends these times to the attached Arduino, which then sends current to the appropriate solenoid valves for the designated times. When activated, the solenoid valves allow liquid to flow through.