Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Anything but revision....

After a day of group revision our minds wandered from Radio Comms and Analogue electronics and onto cool things to make for our house next year. The result is still in the 'wild ideas' stage but essentially its a teas made system, without all the automated kettle rubbish. Essentially when you go to make a cup of tea, a 'Tea?' request is sent to everyone's computers, besides which is a `tea button'. After the offer of tea you have ~15 seconds to hit the button to confirm you want tea/coffee. A small lcd readout near the kettle alerts the tea maker to the number of teas/coffees required. The kettle boils and when it is lifted from its stand the 'tea ready' signal is relayed back to those who ordered tea.

Its all explained here:

4 comments:

Stephen English said...

What about a http://www.microchip.com/wwwproducts/Devices.aspx?dDocName=en022889 and a little micro attached to the tea button?

Chris said...

hmm, i like that a lot, although it will require running a network cable into the kitchen... I may have to get one of those chips anyway, as they look really useful. really must revise now.

Gavin said...

Network cable to the kitchen is the least of our worries - there will probably be a a switch/the router in the lounge anyway

rob said...

Jeff and I nearly (in our minds...) built a Heath-Robinson tea and coffee machine... It's still on the TODO stack, but had to move down quite a lot.

The trick is not to get distracted by other projects...