Jacob Davidson, a contributor from TIME.com, covered our social toaster that I created back in 2008. But, Jacob took the story a few steps further and explained what might happen as more objects get connected. He also talks about FeedandGo, a mobile device controlled pet feeder, and iAquaLink, a pool control system that updates you on its status through an app. Both of these examples are taking the seeds of our technology planted in 2008 and taken beyond the novelty to real-world implementation.
@mytoaster may seem strange, but in reality it’s just another example in a widening group of household objects that use social media to make our lives easier. In addition to @mytoaster, there’s a plant that tweets when it needs to be watered and a laundry machine that tweets whenever a load is finished. It’s this concept of an inanimate object giving updates on its activities that interested @mytoaster’s inventor.
Another aspect of the article in TIME, covers the interest in what are things are doing. Imagine using a search engine to find your keys or find out if someone is home at your house by intertwining messages from things along with friends and family. Not all of this data needs to be public – this is why we created ThingSpeak and like the direction that DuckDuckGo is going with search.
The modern “Twitter Toaster” uses the IO-201 Wi-Fi and a power sensor to detect if the toaster is in operation or not. You also get the side benefit of calculating power consumption by measuring the duration of usage.
Read the full article at TIME.com, “Tweeting Toaster Has More Followers Than You”.