[Noisebridge-discuss] vending machine lights/poster & snack suggestions

jim jim at well.com
Sun Jan 16 08:52:12 PST 2011


seems a reasonable possible hack to replace the 
v machine lights with LEDs. 


On Sat, 2011-01-15 at 17:13 -0800, Jonathan Foote wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 4:37 PM, Patrick Keys <citizenkeys at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Vending machine
> > -----------------
> > is there a way to get the vending machine lights to work? do the bulbs
> > just need to be replaced or what?
> 
> 
> Story I heard was that the ballast was shot and needed replacing. I
> couldn't find the ballast with a 30 second inspection, but it's in
> there somewhere.
> 
> Anyone interested should open it up and take a look inside. The front
> "plexiglass" (acrylic I think) is not transparent as the "poster" is
> silkscreened onto the back and is not easily removed without ruining
> the plastic. Note that the drinks are still behind an insulating panel
> and would not be visible even if the front was transparent.
> 
> However the entire plastic front panel could be replaced with clear
> acrylic or something else similarly flexible. There's plenty of space
> for a flat panel or an LED array behind it. TAP Plastics will cut
> things to size given dimensions; I think they could even handle the
> notch for the drink slot.
> 
> Drink inventory is another project for over-engineering; a few optical
> sensors and an MCU could count cans leaving the machine. With a Chumby
> or similar  Linux board we could put the sucker on the internets with
> a web interface for seeing the current inventory and refreshing the
> count when restocking.
> 
> I think I actually promised to do this...
> 
> > also, would anybody be interested in printing a noisebridge poster to
> > replace the "cold drinks" poster on the front of the machine? a
> > backlighted noisebridge logo would be very excellent.  the dimensions
> > for the vending machine cover poster are about 28" wide by 68" tall.
> > even just removing the "cold drinks" poster and leaving the see-through
> > plexiglass to see how much drink inventory we have would be excellent.
> >
> >
> > Snacks
> > -----------------
> > while on the topic... i'm getting ready to buy more snacks since we've
> > broken even on donations for the $100 of snacks I already bought.  any
> > suggestions for what snacks to buy?  I've already gotten feedback
> > recommending anything-without-high-fructose-corn-syrup, fresh fruit,
> > unsalted cashews, and sunflower seeds.  any other suggestions?
> >
> >
> > Patrick
> >
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