Arcade Button Shelves for Fast Inventory Tracking

Not much specific detail about what’s going on in this intriguing tumblog image from British open-source kit-makers .:oomlout:., who simply write:

Getting more serious with our button shelves ( ) (shipping has never before felt so much like an 80s arcade game)

But unless I miss my guess, they’re tracking their part inventories in real time: pack or use a bit from bin 12? Just hit the corresponding button and the database is updated immediately. Very cool. [via adafruit]

Update:  Thanks to commenter Derrick Stableford for pointing out that this is, in fact, a pick-to-light system:  The computer knows what parts goes in what kits, and you pack a kit under its automatic instructions.  The bin lights up, you pack a part and slap the button, and the machine tells you where to go next!


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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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