#43 Let's Get Electric

In our last update, we featured Arist’s mechanical components and talked about their functionality and uniqueness. In this update, we’ll continue to share our hard work with you guys. But this time, our focus will be on the electronic components that play a major role in controlling and powering every thing that the Arist does.

Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA)

As the basis of any form of electronic invention, Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is a board base made for connecting electronic components together in a device. No matter the nature of the device, it’s essential to design a PCB that can operate all the programmed functions, while at the same time, ensure that they can all run smoothly without interfering with each other. After populating the bare PCB with electronic components, a mechanical connection between the components and PCB is formed, creating what we call a Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA). 

A well-designed PCBA ensures a device runs effectively by providing all the required mechanical and electronic support. Acting just like the command center of the Arist, our specially-designed PCBA connects all the essential components together. As all of you know, Arist is a sophisticated smart espresso machine that allows users to brew their favorite coffee precisely in any way they like. In order to make that happen, we have taken every little detail into account to make sure our PCBA is advanced enough to handle all the commands at once.

Arist’s Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA). 

Arist’s Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA). 

The Arist PCBA controls the whole brewing process. By connecting all the mechanical componets as well as the heater and sensors, Arist’s PCBA is just like the brain of a skilled barista, making sure that the water temperature is just right, the grind size is perfect, and tamping is done correctly. Our PCBA also processes NFC signals to allow users to brew their favorite coffee just by using our Cup Recognition Technology. 

Switch-Mode Power Supply (SMPS) 

In modern day electronic appliances, there are two main types of power supplies that provide electric energy to the devices: Switch-Mode Power Supply (SMPS) and Linear Regulated Power Supply.  One of the major advantages of switch-mode power supply is that it uses less energy to supply power to a device and produces less heat when compared to the linear mode power supply, supporting higher energy efficiency and being more cost-effective.

Arist’s Switch-Mode Power Supply (SMPS). Looks like a mini power plant. 

Arist’s Switch-Mode Power Supply (SMPS). Looks like a mini power plant. 

As some of you may know, TechCrunch previously described the Arist as “a barista in a machine”. We're really grateful for what they said about us, because in order to simulate the skills of a professional barista, we have incorporated different complex components together. Since various parts inside the Arist require electricity to run, it’s essential that we choose a mode of power supply that produces energy efficiently. Not only is SMPS an environmentally-friendly option, it’s more compact in size and lighter in weight which saves a lot of space for other components inside the Arist.

The Next Update

Recently we’ve received a lot of requests for the shipment schedule of Arist from the comments as well as the private messages. So far we’ve given out bits of information here and there when responding to your messages. In the next update that we’re going to release next week, we will show a new timeline of Arist’s shipment arrangement so you’ll know we’re on the right track. We’re very sorry about all the unexpected delays but we can definitely promise that Arist is worth the wait. 

So that’s it for this update. We hope you enjoyed getting to know more about what makes the Arist tick.

Vincent and the Arist Team