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Dec 4, 2019 11:40 AM ET

KegBit™ Tap A customizable, WiFi connected, ePaper Tap Handle


KegBit™ Tap A customizable, WiFi connected, ePaper Tap Handle

iCrowd Newswire - Dec 4, 2019

Story

The KegBit™ Tap was designed to be the easiest way to have a custom tap handle that displays your beer’s name and information. The ePaper display uses only minimal power, meaning it can last months on a single charge. 

The first introduction to your beer is often the tap handle. For most of us homebrewers, creating custom taps for every beer just isn’t possible and the standard plain tap handles just don’t reflect the personality of your brew. We wanted to create something that made it easy for any homebrewer to get a custom tap, without the hassle of printing, building, or a short battery life.

You can customize the display with your own graphics, information, and more using the KegBit™ web app. If you’re pouring from an existing brewery, you can import graphics and information directly from Untappd and other websites. All of the taps you create are saved, so you can quickly swap the display whenever you change a keg. You can even create a custom “empty” display for when your keg is empty. 

The designs and working prototypes are done, now we just need your help to begin production.

 Back our Kickstarter so we can get pouring. Thanks!

Development History

As avid homebrewers, we always want to keep what we have on tap updated. We tried tap handles that used chalk, paper, laminated paper, duct tape, masking tape, and random tap handles we’ve collected. After spending tons of time and money with these options, we decided to develop our own, customizable, electronic tap handle. We developed the KegBit™ Tap to make this process easy.

3D Rendering of Injection Mold case

Specifications

  • Case Size: 2 1/4″ x 5 3/4″  (55 mm x 147 mm)
  • Screen size: 2.7″ (68.5 mm) diagonal
  • Thread size: 3/8″-16 UNC (Standard in the U.S.A.)

Updating Your KegBit Tap

KegBit.com Editor

  • Use the rich editor on Kegbit.com to make updates from anywhere.
  • Manage multiple taps in one place
  • Rich editor experience
  • Integrates with Untappd and other third-party sources
  • Create/Change Keg empty graphic
  • Store custom tap designs for later use

Direct connect (offline mode)

  • Connect to an individual tap using Wi-Fi to make simple design updates without needing to be connected to Kegbit.com.
  • Simple website interface to update text and image for tap device
  • Edit a single tap at a time

Open API

  • Create your own app or site to post pictures or get a current picture.
  • Tap will respond to simple REST commands to update image

Production Timeline

The production of rewards will start as soon as we have a strong indication that the funding goal will be met. The materials required for production are off-the-shelf components, with one exception: the case. The prototype was made using a 3D printer. However, 3D printing hundreds of cases is not cost effective nor efficient. We have reached out to injection molding companies and have been given quotes and a rough timeline of 6-8 weeks for the injection mold to be created and final product delivered to our door. During that time we will be getting other parts ordered, shipped, and ready for production. Once these materials arrive it will be a two-week process to put the components together, test, and ship!

Here’s a look at our working prototypes.  The cases have been 3D printed on a Prusa MK3S printer. 

3D Printed working prototypes

The e-ink display can clearly render images and text to create personalized home-brewing taps. You have plenty of room for a logo, name, ABV, and IBUs. 

Making, editing, and managing your KegBit™ tap screens is quick and easy with the web app. Even if you aren’t great with computers, customizing your taps is simple and straightforward. 

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The website and device firmware are complete, we just need to know how many to make!

Risks and challenges

There aren’t too many risks for this project since the majority of the development and work has already taken place. All taxes, VAT, Customs and tariffs are the responsibility of the backer. We promise to be transparent and to keep our backers updated and informed about any issues that may come up and our solutions to such. We’ll do all we can to overcome any challenges. Feel free to reach out at [email protected] if you have any questions.



Contact Information:

Raine Lightner








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