The idea originated in the ‘Kulminator’, which was nominated by ratebeer.com as Best Beer Pub. I work in Antwerp, and I went over there with a couple of collegues, to enjoy some beer.
We talked about beers, and I showed my collegues the remembeer app on my Android phone. This app allows you to log the beers you drink, and to rate them. But as it turns out, I don't log the beers I drink that often. When there is a beer in front of me, most of the time I don't have time to log it using the tiny buttons of the Android software keyboard. :)
So one of my collegues said: you should be able to take a picture of the label or cap of the bottle. The app should recognize this picture, and automatically fill out the information about the beer.
Now this sounded like an interesting project. A project I want to work on. It won't be easy, and I will have to program In my free time, so it will probably take some years before something useful will be released. But I find it a very cool ‘pet project ’
I guess we need to develop some kind of backend, which takes an image as input, and returns all beer info as output. Maybe use some existing backend to scan the image, or to get beer info. There are no concrete plans yet, except that Beerscan will be open source. I think of using the aGPL,
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