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Title: Repurposing old cell phone - looking for ideas
Post by: DockDogsBeer on August 10, 2017, 06:57:45 PM
So this idea has been floating around my head for awhile, but I'm not quite sure the best way to implement it.

I have a couple old cell phones that I have collected over the years (and we are at that point where we could upgrade our current phones soon...) and I always thought it would be cool to repurpose one for something brewing related. I have seen the TV Tap Handles - but from what I can tell they just display a picture or slideshow. That would be easy enough to do, but I want to see if there are any ideas to take it further.

I'm thinking maybe a tap handle that plays a sound when it dispenses beer. I would need some kind of program to sense the motion and then play a sound file - I'm not sure if any app like that currently exists.

Or maybe a way for it to keep track of how many pours I dispense. Again, it would need a way to keep track of the motion of the tap handle.

I already use one of my old cell phones to store all of my music. I could make it be a jukebox/tap handle, connected through bluetooth to a nearby speaker.

I think it would be kind of fun to use at beerfests or parties - it's probably not super practical for every day use.

Any other ideas? Or any ideas of apps that have a function that would work well in tap-handle format?
Title: Re: Repurposing old cell phone - looking for ideas
Post by: pete b on August 11, 2017, 01:01:14 AM
You could duct tape the old cell phone to a tap handle and keep a sharpie nearby. Everytime you pour a beer use the sharpie to make a mark on the duct taped cell phone, keeping track of how many beers you had.
That's what I would do.
Title: Re: Repurposing old cell phone - looking for ideas
Post by: Andor on August 11, 2017, 08:09:05 PM
I wonder if a step counter would register a pour as a step?