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I can't wait until things like this in the kitchen can tell me what to buy so I can always make the things I want to make that night for dinner. Okay - maybe that's too far fetched, but the iPot does monitor the water and usage level and report it to a central data source. I guess in the future I'll just monitor when my wife is actually drinking TEA. Hmmm...why would I want to do that?
i-pot helps elders feel less lonely - Engadget - www.engadget.com / :
No, it’s not the stuff that Ellen Feiss smokes. It’s an electric kettle that keeps track of when it’s used and wirelessly sends a signal to a server with the data. Members of the service can see records of i-pot usage data, and twice a day a designated recipient gets an email with the three most recent usage times. The idea is to notify friends and relatives of a sudden change in an elderly person’s tea habits, in order to act as an early warning system in case of emergency.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at April 15, 2005 7:52 AM
If the iPot isn't being used, maybe the person is drinking iced tea instead of hot tea. However, iced tea is much more popular in the USA than elsewhere. I could understand the iPot's popularity in Japan due the number of elderly people there. I can imagine other devices with such capabilities. A person with persistant hypertension could have a BP monitor that can e-mail the doctor.