A Washing Machine That Tweets When the Wash Is Done?

by Joanna Pineda Posted on January 6, 2009

Engadget posted a story about a guy who hacked his washing machine and got it to tweet (send a message via Twitter) when a load of wash is done.   Here’s the Twitter account for PiMPY3WASH, which I’m now following.

I guess it’s possible this is a true story.  I’m married to a guy who can install Linux (I mean NetBSD) on practically anything.  But I’m suspicious about this story for one reason: there’s too much laundry being done.  There were 3 loads done on December 30 and two loads on December 29.  That’s too much laundry, especially for a guy (no offense, guys!).

However, I’m excited about the idea of appliances and gadgets communicating with humans.  If I had the engineering chops, I would design the following:

So Maytag, GE and KitchenAid, are you listening?  How about you?  What would be your dream gadget or appliance?

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