Friday, January 7, 2011

Control your coffeepot through the power of Twitter

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM

click to enlarge Tell your coffeepot how you feel on Twitter.
  • Tell your coffeepot how you feel on Twitter.

The best part of waking up is sending a tweet to your coffeemaker and telling it to brew up a carafe of black gold.

Lifehacker has the instructions on how to make a Twitter-controlled coffee machine that can be turned on and off 140 characters at a time. Instead of informing the world that you need your morning coffee, now you can demand that it be made for you.

This introductory video (above), from the do-it-yourself website Instructables, shows how the "Tweet-a-Pot" works. It's impractical (you need a laptop next to your coffeemaker), it requires a bit of software skills (which most of us don't possess) and it's decidedly redundant (most coffeepots over $20 come with a programming switch). 

And, yet, it's hard not to see this as part of your home of the future. You could turn on your coffeepot, let your cooped-up chickens into the backyard, or get updates from every appliance in your home via Twitter.

Our days of button pushing are over, unless that button happens to be on your smartphone.

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