I am working on a project (which, I’ll post here once completed) and was wondering if you all could possibly offer some insight.
I just want to make sure I’m not over-complicating it or falling pray to the “if all you have is a hammer…” issue.
I volunteer at a local startup micro-brewery doing website design and general IT work. They have a big slatted board (with space for 21 slats) that shows all their currently tapped beers. When they replace a beer, they take one of the slats down, and put a new one up. However, because it’s a smaller place with already a BIG demand in town, they’re constantly rotating beers.
The issue is, the tap list isn’t online! We’d really like to implement this! Plus, it’s a small crew working there (3 people), so having them update the website on a regular basis would not end well and I’m not there often enough to update the list for the website to be accurate.
The owner would like this to be as hands off for them as possible, especially because on a busy night, the bartender has NO time to update the website if something changes.
I proposed a barcode scanner, which the owner likes, but, he’d honestly like a “zero setup” situation where there is no chance of a mistake if things were to get busy (which, they often do).
My idea is this:
Use + RF reader(s) and RF tags for the slats! When a certain board goes up, the reader knows that board is present based on the tag’s ID and I can then write some code to update the website accordingly (that’s the easy part).
Can you guys think of any issues with this? Or any other solutions?
Thanks in advance!