So when I bought my house among other things one of the quirks was that the bar height for the kitchen was too high. The highest barstool I could get was 34 inches but my bar needed 38”. As I learnt woodwork and finished my storage room and setup a small electronics setup, the desire to build a cooler barstool surfaced.
So among other things what did I want in barstool? Since I already bartend and provide a very unique speakeasy setup I wanted the barstool to be unique, and have a cool design and lots of lights!
Following are few ideas from my pinterest board: Follow Vaibhav’s board Interactive Barstool Design Ideas on Pinterest.
So in addition to it having a cool design, lots of lights what do I want this barstool to do?
Encourage people to talk to each other
Make it easy for the bartender to be more hospitable to you
Detect when someone is too drunk to drive
Provide a virtual coaster – to let people know that I’m still at the seat!
Have a coat hook
Now that I have put some thought, how should I go about building it? I’m planning to use the Intel Edison board to enable this stool to be connected to a phone app and you can program Edison in Node.js! I want to keep the design simple but elegant with Gaudi like curves and a simple hinging mechanism, a laser cutter would be sufficient for the job! I want to add a artisically designed acrylic piece to the wood work so the lights some through. I’m planning to use simple 10-12 LED lights per stool.
Can this be done in 48 hours? So why 48 hours you say - well i’m thinking of doing this project at startup weekend makers edition. I think if I have a woodworker, a 3D/2D designer, a couple of softeware devs and one electrial/electronics engineers on my team then we can pull this through fairly easily and even have time to enjoy a couple of drinks and play some fun games with our stools!