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General Chat Thread, Introducing the Network Kettle! in General; Originally Posted by localzuk You could also be clever, and include a few moisture sensors inside the kettle, so you ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    You could also be clever, and include a few moisture sensors inside the kettle, so you can see when the kettle is half full, a quarter full etc...
    At this rate they are going to be about 300 each lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    At this rate they are going to be about 300 each lol
    Ah, but you know what geeks are like... Many would totally pay that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Ah, but you know what geeks are like... Many would totally pay that!
    I'll set him to work on it and report back - maybe we will take it to dragons den afterwards and release apps for android/iphone aswell as computers so its totally universal!

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    I did see that - mine is so much better lol

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    Brilliant but you may need some modifications before your next PAT test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Brilliant but you may need some modifications before your next PAT test.
    TBF most of it was hidden in a cardboard box but i took it all out to make a picture - although not amazing water tight!

    I'[m thinking of intergrating it all into the base but needs lots of work for that!

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    Also if anybody knows of a kettle which the switch goes up that would be better! saves having to attach the solenoid to the kettle

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    now i'm thinking wireless network kettle
    A couple of quick modifications and you should be able to get wireless power transmission, too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    You could also be clever, and include a few moisture sensors inside the kettle, so you can see when the kettle is half full, a quarter full etc...
    Yeah was gonna say - keep putting it on and eventually you will have an empty kettle with a big bang and plenty of smoke to follow lol.

    Would need a fail safe so if the water level is below a certain point it will refuse to power on.

    Seeing as you are normally in a server room and have a switch that uses POE , maybe use a POE port to power the kettle as well as network comms to control it lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Yeah was gonna say - keep putting it on and eventually you will have an empty kettle with a big bang and plenty of smoke to follow lol.

    Would need a fail safe so if the water level is below a certain point it will refuse to power on.

    Seeing as you are normally in a server room and have a switch that uses POE , maybe use a POE port to power the kettle as well as network comms to control it lol
    a normal kettle (from which this is but with a solenoid on the switch) automatically turns off if there is no water in it - so it would turn off anyway

    unfortuantly POE doesn't provide enough power for a kettle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Also if anybody knows of a kettle which the switch goes up that would be better! saves having to attach the solenoid to the kettle
    You shouldn't need a solenoid at all - wire a relay in parallel into the kettle switch, and you can turn it on/off without the switch. True, it'd mean you couldn't switch it off via the switch if you turned it on via the computer (and visa versa) but it'd eliminate a moving part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    You shouldn't need a solenoid at all - wire a relay in parallel into the kettle switch, and you can turn it on/off without the switch. True, it'd mean you couldn't switch it off via the switch if you turned it on via the computer (and visa versa) but it'd eliminate a moving part.

    I did think about that - but would need the external switch to be able to turn it off (safety measure really)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Also if anybody knows of a kettle which the switch goes up that would be better! saves having to attach the solenoid to the kettle
    Take it apart and re-mount the switch upside down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Take it apart and re-mount the switch upside down?
    I could do that! just need to work out how to take it apart easily!

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