Digital scales can do many things these days, including tweet your weight. Sure the humble digital scale can now measure how much you weigh and tell the world about it, but can it accurately measure a glass of beer? We at Unplggd love to see people mod their tech to meet their needs and this neat hack from Micah Dowty fits that bill perfectly.
While perusing Make: Online we spotted this neat hack from Micah Dowty. Micah wanted a very accurate scale to use for what he dubbed the "kegerator project." The super accurate scale would be used to measure how full the keg was and would be able to detect when an individual drink had been poured. He also wanted to be able to tie the scale into an RFID card system that would keep track of how much each guest had, so the system could then email them a suggested donation amount towards the price of the keg.
To create a device that would meet his needs, Micah reverse engineered a Taylor lithium scale. This simple digital scale costs around $25.
We think there is quite a bit of potential in this hack and like the idea of using a humble bathroom scale as an input advice.
For more information check out Micah's Bloggy Widget.
[images Micah Dowty]