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Tea's Up: The IoT Is Boiling!

Dan Jones
12/23/2015
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You knew that the Internet of Things (IoT) was going to throw up a lot of new networked devices -- both practical and impractical -- right?

Well, here's one that Kevin Ashton -- the almost certainly tea-loving British guy who originally coined the term IoT to describe a world where everything is networked -- might approve of: The iKettle, which is styled as the "world's first WiFi kettle." (See Cars, Cities & Pet Trackers: IoT in 2015.)

The kettle can be controlled via an Android or iPhone app in the home or office. It can also be set up to start boiling when you wake up, or walk in the door of your otherwise depressing domicile. You can also add other people to your network so they can brew up too.

The iKettle currently costs 84.99 in Pounds Sterling, or $126.11 in American money, which is pricey for an electric kettle. Still, can you put a price on being at the forefront of tea-making technology?


For more on IoT trends, visit the Internet of Things channel on Light Reading.


Earlier this month, at Light Reading's Carrier Network Security Strategies conference in New York City, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s chief security officer, Ed Amoroso, laughing, asked the crowd if anyone knew where he could actually buy an Internet refrigerator. He said he'd buy one if anyone could tell him where to get one. (See AT&T's Amoroso: Build Botnets of Security.)

Well, Ed, we haven't found an Internet fridge yet, but may we suggest a good strong cuppa from the iKettle?

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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sboynton
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sboynton,
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1/19/2016 | 2:58:18 PM
Your dream refrigerator has arrived
http://products.geappliances.com/appliance/gea-specs/CFE28USHSS

Orderable now, WiFi enabled refrigerator with mobile app and a hot water dispenser with a K-cup brewing system built in. Internet enabled fridge that can make you tea!
kq4ym
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kq4ym,
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1/8/2016 | 12:37:58 PM
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And I can't wait til there's new government regulations that mandate what my IoT refrigerator is allowed to "order." And I wonder if I'll be government monitored by how much tea I brew in the $125 teapot? Of course those things are unlikely to actually happen (or are they?).
Kruz
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Kruz,
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12/31/2015 | 6:27:54 AM
Re: Want
Haha. it's all doable. It could deny you access if you exceed a certain calorie count or any other criteria; something like : 

http://shop.gohcl.com/default.aspx?page=item%20detail&itemcode=18542

 
DanJones
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DanJones,
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12/27/2015 | 7:26:20 PM
Re: Want
How's the fridge going to enforce you eating healthy? Will it have lasers! Hehehehe.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/27/2015 | 8:33:28 AM
Re: Want
Indeed, nasimson. Although eating healthy should be a choice. Of course, you could get your motivation through your smartwatch, which will be connected to everything else around you. 

-Susan 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/27/2015 | 3:36:43 AM
Re: Tea Mobile
That's brilliant, Dan! :D 

-Susan
nasimson
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nasimson,
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12/25/2015 | 9:21:53 AM
Re: Want
The fridge connected to the grocery store and to your dietitian is a very cool use case. A lot of people will be forced to eat healthy.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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12/24/2015 | 2:32:59 PM
Re: Tea Mobile
Or should that be IoTea?
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/24/2015 | 1:57:28 PM
Re: Tea Mobile
Paul, 

But, you could plan in advance. If you fill up the kettle with water before going to sleep then you can just set it up to start boiling when you come into the shower. Your tea would be waiting for you in the kitchen. I'd love that. 

Most likely there is sensor installed that will alert you in case there is no water in the kettle. 

-Susan 
DanJones
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DanJones,
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12/24/2015 | 12:47:14 PM
Re: Want
Yeah, more likely.
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