I'm building a liquid dispensing/vending machine. Here are the features it'll have:

  • The machine will have a big touchscreen and user can interact with it and select her options. It should also have a capability to show animations/videos.

  • It'll have motors to control the flow of different fluids and dispense some liquids. It is controlling around 12-15 sensors, and 12-15 motors/relays, probably a camera.

  • Machine also needs to have a payment method integration.

  • Also, it should be connected to internet and receive commands from a smartphone app/web and send some sensor information to a common database.

Do you think a Raspberry Pi 3 running Android Things is an appropriate platform for this? Can all of the features above be implemented that way?

  • I think a raspberry pi would be perfect for that - I'm not sure about the Android part, though, but I think it's been done. – scitronboy Jan 3 '19 at 18:14
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    Do you know if I can get some references on how to build it. This would be my first raspberry project. – lumos42 Jan 3 '19 at 18:15
  • Do you know python? If not, learn that first. – scitronboy Jan 3 '19 at 18:16
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  • I have good experience with python and have developed web applications using django, flask. – lumos42 Jan 3 '19 at 18:18

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