Soda Machine

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Creator:
JimShoe
Status:
Purchased on 10-31-10
Born On:
11:54, 29 July 2010 (CDT)
Last Updated:
18:20, 31 October 2010 (CDT)

Overview

Soda machine was purchased on 10-31-10.
Hacking the Soda Machine

Requirements

  1. Working Machine
  2. Vend from use of USB key, kind of like the door.
  3. Ability to add money to a vending account, for use with USB key.
  4. Detect amount of product left in machine. (This would be fun to show off and piratical)

Machines

  1. $300
    • 5 drink
    • 1 price
    • Coin only
    • Can only
    • The manufacture is out of business,
    • Accomplishes #1 of our requirements
    • This machine
  2. $450
    • 6 different drinks
    • 1 price
    • Has older dollar reader
    • Can only
    • Accomplishes #1, #2 and #3 but only for $1 bills, #4 would be easily done though sensors I think
    • I believe it is actually this machine http://rldn.net/8A8
      • It had it's drink buttons across the top, near eye level arranged 2 down by 3 across, not like that machine --Brimstone 13:39, 29 July 2010 (CDT)
  3. $800 + a receipt for donation of $200
    • 9 drink
    • Multiple price
    • 10oz - 20oz
    • can or bottle
    • dollar reader
    • DEX control (meaning easily do all of our requirements)

Thoughts

  • Machine #2 would be good for us. We would need to do some hacking on it, like adding sensors to detect when a can is vended, possibly a new bill validator that takes higher bills. Machines 1 and 2 are big, ugly, but cheap. Machine 3 is only about 5 years old already has the sensors and everything in it for meeting our requirements, but costs twice as much.
  • One of the hackerspaces on the finances email list mentioned that drink sales made up a good chunk of their income. This would be a great investment, with or without hacks. --Omegix 13:05, 17 September 2010 (CDT)

Donations

  • $800 Machine
    • Kinsey - $200 - sent
    • Mog - $150 - sent
    • Matt - $50 - sent
    • Justin - $50 - sent
    • Tim - $50 - sent
    • Nathan - $50 - sent
    • Jeff - $50 - sent
    • Phil - $200 - sent

Total: $800