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The Beer Keyboard Powered by Arduino and Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi's price point makes it ideal for mucking around with new projects and whacky experiments that you might not want to sink a lot of money or a lot of hardware into. A perfect example of this was seen at the Webstock 2012 conference, where Romanian open source hardware shop Robofun created a beer keyboard.

 

They used 40 beer cans connected to an Arduino-powered touch capacitive controller forming a keyboard. They then linked it to a plasma display via Raspberry Pi. To show off the project, Robofun had folks enter their email addresses to be in with a chance to win a trip to Prague. Check out the video of the keyboard in action down below:

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  • olaf
    Staropramen !!!!
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  • EDVINASM
    Nothing interesting. Lazy bones could've at least placed some springs under to introduce some resistance. Hate typing on static surfaces.
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  • spartanmk2
    Homer: *To start press any key.* Wheres the any key?!
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  • freggo
    Next will be the bra keyboard.
    We need 14 volunteers = 28 keys.
    26 in the alphabet plus Space and Enter key.
    We insert a pressure pad into each cup and then let the typing begin :-)

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  • vertigo_2000
    freggoNext will be the bra keyboard.We need 14 volunteers = 28 keys.26 in the alphabet plus Space and Enter key.We insert a pressure pad into each cup and then let the typing begin :-)Can I volunteer to be a test typer?
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  • alidan
    vertigo_2000Can I volunteer to be a test typer?sure, but the beta test of the concept will be using men with moobs, cant use the good parts on something thats untested.
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  • vertigo_2000
    alidansure, but the beta test of the concept will be using men with moobs, cant use the good parts on something thats untested.Quality testing is important to me. Not that important. "Just close your eyes, you won't tell the difference." Haha, I beg to differ.
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  • rosen380
    I wonder how many extra spam emails manafu@gmail.com and necenzurat@gmail.com are going to start getting... :)
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  • SuckRaven
    Staropramen indeed ! Getting thirsty. Gonna go down to the beer store. Go Czech brew !!!

    Na zdraví !
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  • AM2A
    Would've made typing class more interesting back in the day. I have a feeling half the keys would have "malfunctioned" by the end of class.
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