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KegDroid: Combining Arduino, Android, and NFC to Dispense Beer 48

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the red-solo-cup-sales-down dept.
mikejuk writes, quoting I Programmer: "If you are looking for an exciting hardware project, KegDroid deserves a look. It is a sophisticated system that involves Android, Arduino, NFC, plumbing and — beer. Perhaps the final stroke of genius is to package the whole thing in a Droid body. Some how the little green fella looks at home on the bar. You have heard of desktop and laptop apps now we have bartop apps to add to the list" Details are fuzzy currently, but from all appearances this is a repackaged KegBot in a very fancy shell. (Video for those without Flash.)

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KegDroid: Combining Arduino, Android, and NFC to Dispense Beer

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  • did similar (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ArsonSmith (13997) on Monday April 30, 2012 @09:42PM (#39853579) Journal

    No where near as cool as this, but I did do a similar project several years ago. Holds a party keg of Guinness. []

  • what a lazy project (Score:4, Interesting)

    by n3r0.m4dski11z (447312) on Monday April 30, 2012 @11:44PM (#39854221) Homepage Journal

    "Despite all the fancy electronics and the UI, it still seems to be difficult to get a glass of beer rather than a glass of mostly foam. Surely there is some solution to this problem in a combination of hardware and software?"

    It doesnt even work!
    What they added:
    - a touch interface which downloads your facebook photo
    - solenoids to control the beer taps (useless)
    - thats it

    And to answer the authors question, the reason they are probably getting too much head is any one of the following:
    1) incorrect temperature
    2) wrong diameter / length of beer hose
    3) wrong PSI on c02 injection
    4) its overcarbinated because of point #3 and needs to bleed
    5) contamination
    6) air leaks in tap / fittings
    7) unlcean equipment

    Im all for novelty, but this is crap. If you want to see a better project, here are 358 pages of them: "Show us your keggerator" [] thread.

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