I have to thank everyone for the thoughtful comments on this thread. It’s really quite rewarding for me to read.
My vision for Mugsy has always been to do one thing and do it extremely well. Obviously I have traded one type of complexity for another, but even with all the tech, Mugsy is still an inherently “simple” machine to me. I do see a future for Mugsy to be something more than V1 if everything keeps growing. But even when I imagine what a V5 Mugsy will be capable of, the reality is that I still see a simple machine.
Mugsy functionality should be deep but not complicated. I do not see a point in time where “Official Mugsy” will come equipped with anything that would supply milk or flavorings.
But once Mugsy is out there in the world, what it becomes is not really up to me. The depth that an open source and easy to manipulate tech stack provides will allow for functionality like this to be created easily and frequently. There will always be more pins on Mugsy’s boards for hackers to plug into, and more python tutorials to sort out how to make this thing do that thing.
When it comes to my coffee, I’m stubborn but easy. Freshly ground and black. That’s it. So no, we probably won’t ever release a Mugsy Milk Upgrade Kit. But we will 100% support, encourage and facilitate the creation of new functionality by users of all skill levels.
I could go on for hours about my design philosophies and how Mugsy is basically a showcase for them, but I’ll stop there for now. This might be be a good topic for a blog post, a Mugsy Manifesto would probably be good for the google juice…