The Beer Cans Keyboard Movie

October 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Do you have any idea of what you get if you combine 44 beer cans with an Arduino board and a Raspberry PI ?

We will tell you : fantastic user engagement!

We did this at Webstock, event which took place in Bucharest in September. Staropramen, one of the sponsors of the event asked us for an innovative way to offer a trip to Prague to one of the event’s guests.

So, we came up with a keyboard made out of 44 Staropramen beer cans. Each beer can was a key, and whenever someone touched it, the corresponding letter appeared on a large plasma screen (just like any regular computer keyboard).

And the surprise was fantastic! The user experience and engagement overcame any expectation. Every single person who attended Webstock tried the keyboard and participated to the contest.

Behind the scene, the system is built around an Arduino board and a few capacitive controllers (just like the ones which are inside smartphones’ touch screens), connected to a Raspberry PI board which controls the plasma screen display.

A movie and some photos took during the event can be found here –
robofun.ro/create/beer-keyboard (feel free to use them if you want).

Webstock is the biggest blogging and social media event in Romania. Find out more about Webstock here – webstock.ro .

Robofun Create is a Romanian company specialised in creating cool on-demand technology products. Find out more about Robofun Create here – robofun.ro/create .

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