In Brief

The Coffee Connector is designed to help complete strangers start a conversation.

Conferences can be awkward – especially when you go alone. Forced to stand by yourself or attempt to network by breaking into others’ conversations, it’s not always easy. Now, the Coffee Connector by the Economic Development Board (EDB) Singapore aims to bring strangers together by brewing coffee only when two people introduce themselves to each other.

The device senses when two people are standing in front of it, waiting for coffee. It then asks the people to each introduce themselves by inputting their names. It is through this introduction that the brewing process can begin. As the machine begins to brew, exposed mechanics show the spectacle of coffee-making, creating a mesmerizing conversation starter.

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