November 30, 2005

Kegbot v2.0 Integrates Technology, Beer

Kegbot!Remember Kegbot, the Linux-enabled kegerator we told you about back in September? Looks like it's finally starting to hit the big time, because we saw write-ups all over the Web this week. Guess people are starting to see what we've known all along - there's always room for a robotic kegerator. It does seem to be a sticking point for some that if Kegbot decides you've had too much to drink, it will shut you off, but that reeks of an optional feature.

Here's the write-up from Popular Science:

Since the first brew fan installed a tap on the spare fridge and stuffed a keg inside, one question has been paramount: "Who's been drinking all the beer?"

Mike Wakerly's keg fridge will tell you. It'll also estimate the drinker's blood alcohol level and post it to a Web page; log his consumption for the night, week or month (and cut him off if you like); and keep track of his tab. The Kegbot can even send you a text message when the beer supply runs low.

Wakerly, a software engineer, got the idea during a spell of unemployment just before grad school. He built a microcontroller that directs a valve and a flow meter, and spliced both into the tap line of an everyday keg fridge. Then he wrote custom software for an attached Linux computer that can look up drinkers in a database and post their pour total to the Web.

Bitchin'. Oh, and for the record we're pretty sure this is the same Kegbot we reported on before, but "version 2.0" just sounded cool. Plus, they've enabled two new 'bots since we first reported...a cheap, mass-produced commercial version can't be far behind, right?

See the full write-up from PopSci, and check out the kegbot site.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 30, 2005 6:27 AM
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