teaBOT turned 1 this month! To celebrate our first year, we decided to do some reminiscing about our journey over the past year.
He discussed the problem with his friend Rehman over sushi one day and the two engineers started sketching a machine which could make a cup of tea. After several brainstorming sessions and much research into the intricate worlds of robots and tea, the idea soon evolved into having the machine create customized tea-blends, and teaBOT was born! Many of the earliest ideas, including ordering through mobile app, sharing blends on social media, and naming blends, are still around today!
A Machine is Born
…and then Reborn
After receiving some great feedback from the CDL and from tea drinkers, we went back to the drawing board to challenge the traditional box-like design of vending machines. Our designers began working on a chandelier-inspired design, which is still the design today – it was definitely unlike any vending machine we had ever seen!
It’s Tea Time
We also launched our ecommerce site in Dec. 2014, so that customers can reorder popular blends or blends they have created online or on our soon-to-be-released app. teaBOT has a few new features coming up, including adjustable temperature, payment through debit and tap credit card, and exciting new design features.
Looking to the Future
We have a few exciting things coming soon, including new locations, new features, and an app! We’re looking at a few high-traffic locations, including university campuses, transit hubs , and malls (don’t forget to follow us@myteabot to see where we’ll be next). You’ll also be able to use our app soon, which allows you to make a blend on your phone to order at teaBOT, purchase for home, or share with friends. We’re excited to spread through Toronto as we continue building teaBOTs!
We can’t wait for everything that 2015 holds – here’s to another year of robots and tea!