Our Technology

The Essential Machine is more advanced & safer than the typical vending machine. The Essential Machine has non-touch features allowing users to purchase and grab their product without the risk of contracting Covid-19. I intend to work on enabling NFC payments. These electronic payments are an addition to the cash payments a user can make. We are also installing a port dispenser that allows users to simply pick the product without having to touch a flap or the machine’s port dispenser. We are also including a qr code that enables users to  choose their product from their cell phones and simple gestures that allows users to choose their product through hand gestures.

Our Technology

The Essential Machine is more advanced & safer than the typical vending machine. The Essential Machine has non-touch features allowing users to purchase and grab their product without the risk of contracting Covid-19. I intend to work on enabling NFC payments. These electronic payments are an addition to the cash payments a user can make. We are also installing a port dispenser that allows users to simply pick the product without having to touch a flap or the machine’s port dispenser. We are also including a qr code that enables users to  choose their product from their cell phones and simple gestures that allows users to choose their product through hand gestures.

About Us

The Essential Machine is a University at Buffalo Technology Startup dedicated to preventing the spread and the risk of contracting Covid-19. The Essential Machine was originally an idea pitched to Blackstone Launchpad's Summer Accelerator of 2020 by Richard Crabbe. Since then, The Essential Machine has been able to Launch their first website, participate and win three pitch competitions, as well as be on the way to completing their first prototype, which will arrive May of 2020. 

The Essential Machine is currently composed of three teams. A software team that is composed of graduate students at The University at Buffalo, whom handle Essential Machine's payments and website. A hardware team made up of computer engineers that is building Essential Machine and it's added features. As well as a Engineering Intramurals team that complements the hardware team and strategies ways to implement the new technology.  

The startup is currently run by Richard Crabbe, the founder of Essential Machine. He is a Undergrad student at The University at Buffalo studying business and psychology with a background in computer science.  He has strong connections with Western New York entrepreneurs and has a diverse network of talented individuals. 

Richard is part of many clubs at the University at Buffalo such as: The Undergrad Psychology Association, Student Of Management Minority Alliance, University at Buffalo ACM, University at Buffalo AI Club, UB MIS, and many more.

He has served as a client for two computer science classes and he is passionate about entrepreneurship and inventing.

His Linkedin information is below. 

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Partnerships

Without the help from professors at the University at Buffalo, staff from Blackstone Launchpad,  and many mentors and developers, The Essential Machine would not exist. Information about the programs and people we have worked with are below.

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Contact 

For any further questions or inquires, email us at contact@theessentialmachine.com