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Finally: The Internet Toaster

By Philipp in MLP
Sun Apr 08, 2001 at 03:42:06 AM EST
Tags: Technology (all tags)
Technology

I know there is nothing more hated than MLP, but this is just too good to ignore: The Internet Toaster finally arrived. Connecting toasters to the Internet has been a legendary goal of networking research. Surprisingly, someone even came up with a useful application: A weather forcast on your toast.


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Finally: The Internet Toaster | 14 comments (14 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
The gotta be the greatest invention... (4.73 / 15) (#1)
by Philipp on Sat Apr 07, 2001 at 04:49:18 AM EST

... since sliced bread.

alias kn 'killall -9 netscape-communicator'
Interesting.. (3.66 / 3) (#2)
by nd on Sat Apr 07, 2001 at 12:22:43 PM EST

Although this would have been much cooler had the toaster also been a server of some sort. In this case, it only appears to be (from what the article says) a client.

An HTTP server isn't even necessary.. just something that implements a simple query protocol perhaps, which knows values such as toaster temperature, and uhm... err.. toaster setting ?

haha (2.00 / 3) (#3)
by pistols on Sat Apr 07, 2001 at 12:30:50 PM EST

Thats great. If the thing actually exists, I might have to get me one. :P

Applications (5.00 / 10) (#4)
by zephiros on Sat Apr 07, 2001 at 02:59:46 PM EST

Hmm. The article says it can do 11x11 resolution. That's 121 bits of information; 242 if you use both sides. That's easily enough for, say, 128 bits of data and some CRC info. Since most toasters allow two pieces of bread to be toasted at once, you could use the toaster to create two copies of a 128 bit private key. The two users could exchange information encrypted with the key, and, when they were done, they could eat the keys.

I'm thinking it should be called EKE (Edible Key Exchange.)
 
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Just what k5 needs (3.00 / 1) (#5)
by onyxruby on Sat Apr 07, 2001 at 06:26:00 PM EST

To avoid taking itself too seriously. Besides, I could get a few bites ahead of another day full of bits and bytes.

The moon is covered with the results of astronomical odds.

Watch out, folks... (4.00 / 3) (#6)
by nurglich on Sat Apr 07, 2001 at 07:02:08 PM EST

The government might tap your toaster line to find out whether you like your toast light or dark, and then we'll be in a whole world of trouble.

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"There are no bad guys or innocent guys. There's just a bunch of guys!" --Ben Stiller, Zero Effect

hungry and suffering (1.00 / 1) (#7)
by nickp on Sat Apr 07, 2001 at 11:18:57 PM EST

It's a cool device, but it just struck me: technology was supposed to make life better, but these days we focus so much on how technology makes our lives more "cool". I wonder if anybody would make a device that would help people give these toasted pieces of bread to those who can barely afford a piece of bread.

I also wonder if the encouragement by professors and peers of "cool" but unproductive technology together with the society's glorification of technology creates a cycle of our increasing belief in "coolness" as something more valuable than productivity.

"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." -- Albert Einstein

Cool. (3.00 / 1) (#8)
by WWWWolf on Sun Apr 08, 2001 at 07:11:58 AM EST

Cola vending machines, coffee makers, and then toasters.

Now, if we only could get consumer-priced serving robots, this might start looking like year 2001... =)

-- Weyfour WWWWolf, a lupine technomancer from the cold north...


glad to see they've got their priorities straight. (none / 0) (#9)
by eudas on Sun Apr 08, 2001 at 12:06:44 PM EST

"Eventually the stencils could be changed for a more sophisticated imaging system that might be able to burn weather maps, short text messages and even adverts on to bread."

...like advertising is the most important thing our society has... sad...

eudas
"We're placing this wood in your ass for the good of the world" -- mrgoat
Great dot-com idea! (5.00 / 1) (#10)
by Philipp on Sun Apr 08, 2001 at 03:31:32 PM EST

This way we could do a dot-com type start up that gives away toast with advertising! After all, toast wants to be free!

alias kn 'killall -9 netscape-communicator'
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Free bread! (4.00 / 1) (#11)
by WWWWolf on Mon Apr 09, 2001 at 08:15:21 AM EST

"Eventually the stencils could be changed for a more sophisticated imaging system that might be able to burn weather maps, short text messages and even adverts on to bread."

...like advertising is the most important thing our society has... sad...

But think of the possibilities! "FreeToaster®: Get your toaster & bread free if you're willing to read the advertisements"... Now, this approach has its problems, but... =)

-- Weyfour WWWWolf, a lupine technomancer from the cold north...


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Tmail (4.00 / 1) (#13)
by rusty on Tue Apr 10, 2001 at 04:21:50 AM EST

Text messages. Oh God, I know it's sick and wrong, but dammit, I want Toast-mail!

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Not the real rusty
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I wonder (2.00 / 2) (#14)
by Miniluv on Wed Apr 11, 2001 at 10:09:14 PM EST

How long before some enterprising young technophile hacks his toaster, adds a small hard drive, perhaps an add on processor, and suddenly your toaster becomes a full-bore internet appliance capable of being spammed through?

Also, don't forget how bad the heartburn would be after eating a bounce message.

"Its like someone opened my mouth and stuck a fistful of herbs in it." - Tamio Kageyama, Iron Chef 'Battle Eggplant'
[ Parent ]

When will they stop (none / 0) (#12)
by skim123 on Mon Apr 09, 2001 at 02:00:16 PM EST

First the toaster, and now the Web enabled air conditioning unit. Talk about a cool app. :-)

Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.
PT Barnum


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