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2012-04-30 14h35_37

There comes a time in every person's life when he or she must decide what to do with the time they've been given on earth. Will it be used to benefit mankind, or to destroy it? Will it be to help or to harm? In Google engineer Paul Carff's case, he went for both. Thus, KegDroid was born. This gorgeous Android statue, with beer taps for hands, dispenses home brew at the touch of a screen.

The keg comes complete with flow control, so you can select what size drink you want and the bot will pour it automatically. It uses NFC tags to ensure that only approved users can get at your precious booze supply. Of course, when we say "you" we don't really mean you. Sadly, Paul hasn't released any instructions or specs on how to recreate KegDroid, but who knows? Maybe Google will see fit to promote this as a 20% project and get into the micro-brewery business.

Who's up for some Google Beer?

Source: KegDroid via Paul Carff

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    This guy is my new hero.

    I hope to one day be this cool.

  • Gummyroids

    He took a sip of nothing but foam, and kegdroid looks awesome, wouldn't mind having this in the house. 

  • fixxmyhead

    lol half the cup is foam

  • ChumbleSpuzz

    Must have been a new keg

  • Dwayne Wilkinson

    Would you like a spoon with that?

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I was sorta bashed on for making a comment like this several months back about an Android-based bartender / drink mixer...but here I go again...

    Please gawd people, stop pretending these are great projects or cool demonstrations for Android, they are not.  The ONLY things Android is even being used for is a slightly easier to develop touch screen and "authenticating" against G+ (and it doesn't look like authentication to me, pretty sure it's just scraping a picture and name).  The rest of the project, and the actual hard part, is all being done by the Arduino.

    If the only thing your $499 Android tablet is really being used for is to provide a touchscreen to a $50 Arduino, it's not a good presentation of Android.  At least the drink mixer thing from a couple of months ago ran a few more moving parts and had a small recipe database to pull from.  If you fitted a "WiFi shield" (that's what they are called) to that Arduino with a tiny bit of extra code, then wrote an app on ANYTHING (iOS, Android, Windows, a smart enough refrigerator, etc.) with Wifi capabilities, you let people pour a beer remotely (even over the internet if you wanted).

    Disclaimer (anti-flame statement): I'm not saying the guy can't be proud of the project or that he shouldn't be using Android...If that's what he wants to do, totally give him a high-five for that.  I'm saying that there's no reason to be impressed that Android is being used for this.  The actual Android component to this project (minus the Android statue) could be written in a few hours.