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A very geeky beer dispenser

Priya KuberMay 1st, 2012

The next time while organizing a barcamp you can display this cool hack for two great reasons: The obvious being to look cool, the other reason being well, there is Arduino and beer involved! Where both are cool.

Aptly named KegDroid, this beautiful beer dispenser was built by a google employee, Pall Carff, uses NFC reader to identify users and dispense beer.

It’s not just the beer dispensing that sounds awesome to us, oh no. KegDroid is packed to the brim with all sorts of clever tech, mostly from Google’s labs. The giant robot has a Motorola XOOM tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich jammed into its belly, which runs a custom app designed by Paul.

An NFC reader sits between the two drip-catchers and interfaces with specially made NFC tokens, sending a message to an Arduino computer board that’s inside the case, which then controls the beer pouring from the taps situated in the arms of the Android robot.

So the next step can be a humanoid beer robot fetching us beer to our table when tweeted with an @RestaurantName with #tablenumber ?