The Twitter-enabled microwave

I first had the idea that it would be stupid cool if you could rig your TV so that every time you switched the channel, it would send a Twitter update. While the thought of totally clogging up the system with hundreds of posts like, “Mark Maynard, after watching Saved By the Bell the College Years for 8 seconds, switched to Big Valley,” really appealed to me, though, I wasn’t convinced that people would pay for it. Then I had the idea for the Twitter-enabled microwave… Here’s how it works… Every time you put something in the microwave, it would “tweet” how long it was set to go for, and what the power setting was. Then, everyone else following you on Twitter, if they wanted to, could guess what you were heating up! Totally game-changing AND paradigm-shifting, right?

Hmmm… It says here that Sam Smith is cooking something for 20 minutes on defrost. I’m thinking pot roast…

And maybe, in the future it could even show you a picture of everything prior to cooking, and just after. There are really no limitations as to how far we could go.

Now, I’m thinking about the possibility of getting a Twitter account for my toilet, and having it send updates every time it flushes… Wouldn’t that be great? And who wouldn’t spend an extra $100 when buying a new toilet to have it Twitter-enabled?

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  1. EL
    Posted October 19, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Do people actually use the various power settings? In my life of microwave use I think I’ve changed the power settings to cook something maybe a dozen times. The rest is simply more or less time. Full power is the way to go. 100% rocks!

  2. Posted October 19, 2009 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Just talking about robot toilets not two hours ago.

    I’m one of those guys who updates his facebook status every three seconds. I can’t justly bring myself to judge the twitterses.

  3. Posted October 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    If you search this site for “robot + toilet” you’ll find a good thread in which a prominent local leader talks about having imported a device from Japan for his personal use. It was, at least for me, enlightening.

  4. Posted October 19, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    And, no, EL… I don’t know how to use the power settings either. I just push the “popcorn” button no matter what I’m having.

  5. BrianB
    Posted October 20, 2009 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I think we’re already there with the iphone/ipod convergence – can’t you have it update whatever you’re listening to at the time? what you’re watching is just a matter of cell phone carriers bypassing cable companies and turning your phone into a tv receiver. The cell phone microwave is probably a ways off though. I always thought it would be interesting if cars had big scrolling message boards on the windows displaying what the driver was listening to – so when you see somebody singing or laughing in their car on your commute – you could check out why.

  6. Dan
    Posted October 20, 2009 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    If we want to discuss technology convergance we can’t forget the Annihilator 2000</a

    “A new generation of luxury personal weaponry, the Annihilator 2000 is America’s premier survival, home and travel security unit. The Annihilator 2000 is a high-performance weapon that meets the demands of upper income urban survivalist. The Annihilator 2000 has the conveniences of a cellphone, fax and microwave oven. Night-vision goggles, microprocessor, verbal alarm system, compact disc player, digital AM/FM radio, video camera and playback functions are just a few features of the exraordinary Annihilator 2000. Stopping power is a matter of convenience. The Annihilator 2000 is constructed of aluminium alloy combined with polymer technology, totally resistant to corrosion. A new generation luxury personal weaponry, the Annihilator 2000 is America’s premier survival, home and travel security unit.”

  7. Chucker
    Posted October 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    People, you need the power settings for cooking your rice in the microwave. High for five, then 50% for 20 minutes! How the hell are you all cooking your rice?! This site is fulla weirdos.

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