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 ).
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.