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In an attempt to make brewing his small batch beer even more fun than it already is, Android hacker and home brewer Paul Carff created KegDroid, an NFC/RFID enabled smart tap for his home bar. Presenting the device with a MiFare-based RFID/NFC compatible tag will cause it to authenticate the user and pull up their preferences on an Android tablet. Users then have the choice and size of beer that’s delivered by an Arduino, a couple of solenoids, and some flow sensors. Sure sounds like my kind of Internet of things. [via /.]

Adam Flaherty

I make cool stuff and write about other people making cool stuff on makezine.com. If you have something you think I should see, send me a tip.


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  1. Mike James says:

    Thanks for crediting /. when the original article was on I Programmer.

    1. Adam Flaherty says:

      You’re welcome. I usually try to credit my sources. In this case it was /., but I could have easily stumbled upon it if I were tracking I Programmer (which I will try to check out). It’s not a slight against the original source or anything (far from it), it’s just that you can track down the original source if you care to; hence the provided link. This is common practice. Fnord.

      1. Mike James says:

        Slashdot is a parasitic organization which uses other people hard work to get traffic. They at least pass some of the traffic on by including the original source which did the work in the first place. When you quote Slashdot as a source for anything you don’t provide any reward for the original work. Surely as maker’s and open source supporters you have to appreciate this point?
        When reposting an aggregator don’t quote just the aggregator quote the original source – its the makerly thing to do.

  2. Adam Flaherty says:

    Mike, I see that as owner of the referring site, you’d stand to gain something from a direct link. I’ll state that Harry Fairhead did an excellent job of writing the article linked to from the slashdot post. Paul Carff seems to have done a great job of implementing something similar to what the guys at kegbot.org do. Yes, I am very much interested in getting who I can as much recognition as possible and sometimes may neglect to mention somebody I ought to. You state your opinion of Slashdot, but please consider for a moment that if it were not for the link I saw in an RSS reader, we wouldn’t have had this exchange. I’ve gone ahead and added a direct link to this article because I feel that it *is* the right thing to do, not the makerly thing to do. As a maker and a open source supporter, I resent the invocation of my hobbies as a means of gaining sympathy. Send in a tip, it’s easier: http://makezine.com/cs/user/create/link?x-t=suggest.form

    1. Mike James says:

      Thanks!
      And as to Slashdot being a “parasitic organization” – this is not a bad thing and I didn’t mean to imply that it was. Aggregators seem to be something we need but they don’t actually create or make anything.
      I’m sorry if my use of “maker” as in “its the makerly thing to do” upset you as in “I resent the invocation of my hobbies as a means of gaining sympathy”. I have to admit that I don’t understand why my assumption of a set of values is anything to “resent” or why you think it was “a means of gaining sympathy”. So you leave me pleased but puzzled…

      1. Adam Flaherty says:

        Perhaps what I meant to say was that being a maker or OSS supporter had nothing to do with my reasoning and that I’m not partial to such rhetorical devices. Does that make sense? The make police do not exist. Outside of the obvious, I am free to write what I want, obviously.