While discussing potential ideas, Robin had to leave the call because of a fire alarm in his dorm — due to burning eggs in the dorm's kitchen. We saw potential for an easier and safer way to cook eggs.

What it does

Eggsy makes cooking eggs easy. Simply place your egg in the machine, customize the settings on your phone, and get a fully-cooked egg in minutes. Eggsy is a great, healthy, quick food option that you can cook from anywhere!

How we built it

The egg cracking and cooking are handled by a EZCracker egg cracker and hot plate, respectively. Servo motors control these devices and manage the movement of the egg within the machine. The servos are controlled by a Sparkfun Redboard, which is connected to a Raspberry Pi 3 running the back-end server. This server connects to the iOS app and web interface.

Challenges we ran into

One of the most difficult challenges was managing all the resources that we needed in order to build the project. This included gaining access to a 3D printer, finding a reliable way to apply a force to crack an egg, and the tools to put it all together. Despite these issues, we are happy with what we were able to hack together in such a short period time with limited resources!

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Creating a robust interface between hardware and software. We wanted the user to have multiple ways to interact with the device (the app, voice (Siri), quick actions, the web app) and the hardware to work reliably no matter how the user prefers to interact. We are proud of our ability to take a challenging project head-on, and get as much done as we possibly could.

What we learned

Hardware is hard. Solid architecture is important, especially when connecting many pieces together in order to create a cohesive experience.

What's next for Eggsy

We think Eggsy has a lot of potential, and many people we have demo'd to have really liked the idea. We would like to add additional egg-cooking options, including scrambled and hardboiled eggs. While Eggsy still a prototype, it's definitely possible to build a smaller, more reliable model in the future to market to consumers.

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