Weekend Hacker: Repurpose a Stamps.com Scale

This weekend, we’re going to be doing a simple hack: repurposing a digital scale that Stamps.com sends out for free. By default, they allow the scale to work only with their software. But luckily, the internet has provided us with tools that allow us to talk to the Stamps.com scale without their proprietary software.

 

IMG_6906What you will need:

  • A stamps.com scale (obviously) with corresponding USB cable
  • A Windows machine or an Android phone or tablet
  • A usb adapter for your Android device (if you’re using one)

Step 1:

If you are using a Windows Machine, simply plug the stamps.com scale into it. To be able to read it, you will need to download one of these two pieces of software:

All you have to do is install one of the above programs and you’ve got yourself a cheap digital scale!

IMG_6908Step 2:

If you want something more portable, you can also use an Android device to read the scale. But in order to do this, you’ll need a¬†cheap USB¬†adapter that allows you to plug the scale into your phone. Then you’ll need to go to the app store and download the Ultimate Scale app. Once the scale is on, the app should start reading the input for the scale!