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General Chat Thread, Introducing the Network Kettle! in General; Now if you can manage the same with a microwave, you've a nice little business venture Dragons Den?...
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    Now if you can manage the same with a microwave, you've a nice little business venture

    Dragons Den?

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Now if you can manage the same with a microwave, you've a nice little business venture
    And the oven. And notify me when it's up to temperature please Email, audio, SMS, strobe light...

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    I'll give it a go lol

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    The mrs asked how much to make her one and get it delivered? She works from home a lot and is on the phone a lot and it would be helpful so she can boil the kettle when she wraps up a call.

    This is a serious request.

    nephilim

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    The web relay is expensive ( about $130) the solenoid is 20 quid and the kettle was a tenner!

    If we can make it cheaper ill let you know and keep the thread updated

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    she said for now she will do it manually, but yeh please keep us informed

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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...
    Wouldnt it be easier and probably cheaper to work out via its weight?

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    Very cool. Reminds me of a story I heard many many years ago whilst at Uni, about a Uni in the USA somewhere that had a Coke machine hooked up to their network, and it spat out a can of Coke if you PINGed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    Wouldnt it be easier and probably cheaper to work out via its weight?
    That's a good idea - will look into it

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    Quote Originally Posted by kearton View Post
    Very cool. Reminds me of a story I heard many many years ago whilst at Uni, about a Uni in the USA somewhere that had a Coke machine hooked up to their network, and it spat out a can of Coke if you PINGed it.
    Network Manager : Coke machine is offline
    Techy : Ah, hold on, I'll ping it constant to see when it is back online
    Network Manager : Nooo, Wait !!
    Techy : Too Late !!

    Coke machine drops all of its cans at once when it comes back online as it can see that its been pinged multiple times.

    Like the microwave would be linked to the fridge and when you tried to microwave some food the microwave would communicate with the weight scales and go ppssstt end user is going to be heavier, brace yourself

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    Best thread ive read in a while! Def get my name down for one of these - My long reaching stick is becoming a little low tech in comparison for turning the kettle on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    Wouldnt it be easier and probably cheaper to work out via its weight?
    Moisture sensors are one of the simplest circuits to create - they are basically a gap in a circuit, which is bridged by moisture.

    Creating a few of them would be cheaper than a weighing mechanism by far.

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    We have a cheap kettle that's switch goes up! Its from Pound Stretcher/ In Store I believe.

    The switch going upwards is actually really annoying.

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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
    Can't you use a relay wired in series with the kettle's switch - just leave the kettle switched on ready to be used from the network? Has the advantage that anyone that doesn't know how to switch it on from the network can't use your kettle!

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    We've setup a hot key on our keyboards so that as soon as you hit it the kettle turns on!
    Unintended pun or comedy genius?

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