Support Pet Scanner Microchip reader

1. What is the general goal of the feature?
Provide a direct scan-to-widget for plug-in microchip scanners.

Pet Scanner offers affordable (10 GBP) plug-in microchip scanners. They are Android only (as is Collect) and plug into the micro USB port of the data capture device. They are sold out of the UK (local for @Callum884 :wink: ).

It would be useful if ODK Collect were to support these scanners, or at least start the discussion about how much effort this would be.

2. What are some example use cases for this feature?
Microchips, as found in domestic pets, are also widely used in animal tagging studies. Their ID codes are 9-digit integers.
Western Australian turtle tagging programs use ISO FDX-B (134.2 kHz) microchips.

Capturing the microchip number (and other tag IDs) is the most critical, and most error-prone step in the data capture process of our longitudinal surveys involving tagged/microchipped animals.

ODK Collect offers a very streamlined process to capture location (one click geolocation widget), date and time (via metadata), identity of the observer (metadata device ID and username).
The show-stopper feature is to scan a microchip directly into ODK Collect using the PetScanner hardware dongle (or a similar device).

3. What can you contribute to making this feature a reality?
User stories, UAT, provision of a PetScanner microship reader to developers, possibly funding for development.

This is Tom Kingston, the lead developer from PetScanner. Florian May has reached out to us and asked if we would be open to working with ODK on this. I can confirm that we are definitely interested in working with you and are happy to support this with documentation and access to our APIs. Please reach out to me at directly to begin this process if you do decide to pursue implementing this feature request.

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We'd be really interested in this feature. We work with equids worldwide in all different situations and one of the biggest time drains is correcting the Chip ID numbers thta have been inputted incorrectly.