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About

Discovery Channel Canada's show Daily Planet ran a segment on Keg-a-Droid on St. Patrick's Day. They sent a film crew to come interview us and grab some footage of Keg-a-Droid. So, once again, we went over to Aviator Brewery and had a little fun. Click the photo below for a link to the video.

 Other Publicity:
Check us out on CNET
Check us out on CNET
Check us out on Gadgetify
Check us out on Gadgetify

 See what we do and some of the custom robots we have built:

Our Website
Our Custom Robots Page

We promise that we are better at building robots than we are talking to a camera...

Keg-a-Droid - The Idea

We have been building robots for a very long time and from every once in a while we will have a beer or three. So one evening, while we were at our local brewery (The Aviator Brewing Company), we asked ourselves a question: Why we are still getting up to get another round when we could just build a robot to do it for us? Wouldn't it be cool if we could summon a robot to bring a beer! Of course you can try to find a waiter but that is not as fun as a robot (a robot won't ignore you either). Hence our newest robot - Keg-a-Droid!

We need your help to enhance the design and bring the production costs down. We figure this is a great item for the guy or gal who has all the cool toys and wants to impress everyone at the next party. Keg-a-Droid is also ideal for bars and restaurants that are looking for a great way to promote their newest draft beer or just wow their customers!

We are currently offering two configurations of Keg-a-Droid and two control package options. For the robot, we are offering a keg shell ice bucket/storage container or, for a little more money, a platform with a full-size kegerator. For the control system, we are offering a simple handheld remote as the basic package, or the handheld remote along with non-contact sensors on the robot and a beer consumption control system.

Robot Options:

  • Ice Cooled Keg-a-Droid: This is the prototype and is a basic remote control 2WD robot that dispenses a slim quarter barrel keg or 1/6 barrels. The outer shell for this keg is a half barrel keg with the top cut out and a drain installed. The half barrel keg serves as an ice bucket for the smaller keg. This system is simple and will keep your beer cold for as long as you keep ice in it. When the ice melts the water can be drained out of the drain plug to make room for new ice.

    Here's what's included in this version:

    -2WD Robot including-Tap mounting post
    -Keg shell ice bucket
    -CO2 tank
    -Regulator
    -Tap system including all the fittings you'll need and the tap handle
    -Drip Tray

  • Refrigerated Keg-a-Droid: We are also offering the robot with a standard style kegerator that would be mounted on our 2WD chassis.  This system would be ideal for those who would like a longer term storage solution.  The kegerator can be plugged into the wall when not it use, when you are ready to serve beer, unplug the kegerator and drive Keg-a-Droid around, the insulated refrigerator will keep your beer cold for hours.

    Here's what's included in this version:

    -2WD Robot (Bigger robot chassis to accommodate kegerator) 
    -Kegerator (includes tap system, CO2 tank and regulator, and drip tray)
    -Bigger batteries

    Note: Kegerator will be shipped to your local Home Depot store. Please specify the store to which you'd like yours shipped when you make your purchase.

Controls:

Here is our prototype remote. It is a simple project box with a joystick and an on/off switch. The remote you receive if ordered will be different though. We are currently working on integrating it into an off-the-shelf injection-molded handheld enclosure.

  • Basic Remote Control System: The prototype is a handheld remote with a joystick for easy control. The basic remote system is great for parties or home use since you would not need to restrict the flow of beer for paying customers. The system will include the remote and the control system. It will come fully assembled, tested, and ready to deliver beer! This is the default control system that will come with every Keg-a-Droid.

    Here's what's included in this version:

    -Handheld remote
    -AA Batteries

  • Advanced Control System with Automated Tap: he advanced package allows you to collect money/customer information. Once customer information is obtained they can pour themselves a beer. This package also includes sensors to avoid driving into people or other obstacles in a room. This package also comes with the handheld remote control described above. In order to control and monitor the beer flow, this package also includes our automated tap system for measuring how much beer has been poured and restricts pouring to paying customers.

    Here's what's included in this version:

    -Handheld remote
    -AA Batteries
    -Non-contact sensors and control system wired into robot
    -Automated tap system complete with metering system, bar code reader, LCD control screen, and 1000 barcode key tags with your logo.

Rewards

We are offering a variety of rewards for your pledges. If you don't want a Keg-a-Droid but you would still like to pledge, we are offering Keg-a-Droid koozies and t-shirts as well as a custom-made tap handle for your home kegerator with your logo on it.

We are also offering parts lists and assembly drawings/schematics as rewards. If you would like to build a Keg-a-Droid for yourself at home you can purchase one of these options and we will email you a parts list and a drawing and/or schematic. Once the Kickstarter campaign comes to an end we will post information on our website about how to buy the necessary parts.

The remaining rewards are different packages of the robot. Please post any questions you may have about the rewards in the comments.

Automated Tap System

Currently, the automated tap system uses a bar code scanner to scan a key tag. When the key tag is scanned, a valve opens to allow the beer to flow. While the beer is dispensing, a flow meter shows how much has been dispensed for the current pour as well as the total amount that has been dispensed using that key tag.

Additional Photos:

"Under the hood" of Keg-a-Droid. This is our first try with 2" casters. We changed to using a single omni wheel instead for better driveability. 

 Here's Keg-a-Droid's first pour!

 A look at the rear of the robot where you can see the CO2 tank and regulator along with the drain pipe for the ice bath.

 And here's a shot of the tap and drip tray.

Order Your Keg-a-Droid System Now:

So how do you get a Keg-a-Droid? It's simple, make a pledge to our campaign. Please note we have two types of Keg-a-Droid chassis and then two different control options. We may be adding other items such as a counter top, glass holders, etc. based on customer input. We would love to hear your feedback, if you have a reasonable request we will add it to this campaign.

Risks and challenges

SuperDroid Robots is an established company with many years of experience in building robots. We stock many items and we have reliable suppliers in place who can deliver with short lead times. We build all of our robots in-house. We have a full machine shop, including a CNC plasma cutter that we use to cut almost all of our metal parts. Your robot was designed by our mechanical and electrical engineers and will be fabricated and assembled in-house by our expert fabricators.

If we reach our goal, the first thing that we will do is order all of the parts and raw materials we need. We have all of our suppliers in place and we don't envision any problems in this step. Once we have the parts, we will plasma cut, weld, and paint all of the chassis. Then it will move into assembly and testing. We will then build crates, pack, and ship all of the orders in the order they were received. We will not have a timeline for delivery until we know the quantity that we need to build. We have estimated delivery dates for each pledge but we hope to beat these dates. We will update this page with these details once the kickstarter campaign comes to an end.

We are currently still building the Advanced Control Package. We will place collision sensors on the base of the robot and slow the robot down as it gets closer to an obstacle. For the metering system, we are using a flow meter along with a solenoid valve to close the tap. To open the solenoid valve and dispense beer the idea is for the customer to scan a key tag with a bar-code reader. So the customer will be buying drinks with a key tag. This system will require testing and fine tuning to ensure that it properly meters the beer and that it does not produce too much head on the beer. Once we have everything running smoothly we will post pictures and more information about the system.

Thanks for reading our page and stay tuned for updates on our progress. We will also be posting new rewards and stretch goals if we meet our initial goal.

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