If you’ve ever wanted to streamline your candy eating experience by sorting your favourite confectionery by colour, we have the perfect machine for you.
Willem Pennings, a 19-year-old mechanical engineering student at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, has just created a machine that can organize treats based on their colour. The machine can sort two candies per second, which means no more having to settle for a handful of yellow and red Skittles when you really just like the green ones.
Pennings created the machine with special microcontrollers, motors and a sensor that measure the size and colour of the candy, enabling the machine to sort a 300-gram bag of candy in around two minutes. Adding in LED lights for a pleasing aesthetic, the machine makes eating candy even more fun, something we didn’t know was possible.
Pennings recently participated in a Reddit Q&A for his machine, confirming that the machine could also sort Reese’s Pieces and Smarties. Some users even suggested adapting the machine to sort Legos and beads.
Addressing the issue of candy jamming in the machine, Pennings explained that “the measurement wheel takes a certain amount of time to rotate 90 degrees. For this machine, it’s about 200 milliseconds. So, if the rotation is taking more than 250 milliseconds, a jam is detected and the wheel goes in reverse to clear the slot. If that doesn’t fix it, the machine quits!”
So it isn’t perfect, we get it. But maybe in time, after Pennings works out all the kinks, she’ll make it available to the public.
As for candy lovers who don’t have a colour preference for m&m’s and Skittles, we bet you’re still a fan of watching this invention sort candy. It’s just so soothing.