How a Data Specialist’s WiFi kettle created more than a storm in a teacup
Internet of Tea: Mark Rittman’s efforts to add voice recognition to his kettle gripped geeky tea lovers around the world. Image by Yuleka (via Shutterstock).
Imagine you’re sat at home watching a gripping drama or sports event. Being prime time viewing time, you make the best use of the ad break (or half time) to brew up. Normally, this process can take up to ten minutes. For Mark Rittman, and his WiFi kettle, this process took… 11 hours (yes, a borderline evil 660 minutes). The reason? Mark wanted to go one step further with his WiFi kettle: he wanted to add Siri and Cortana compatibility to his refreshment peripheral.
Siri for any delay
iKettle manufacture the latest WiFi kettles which adds networking capabilities to the humble kettle. After adding water, Mr. Rittman was faced with a networking problem, hence this tweet:
Still haven’t had a first cup of tea this morning, debugging the kettle and now iWifi base-station has reset. Boiling water in saucepan now. pic.twitter.com/lC3uNX5WTp
Eventually, he managed to get the WiFi kettle connected, but it was a home brew method. This was due to the kettle’s compatibility shortcomings, especially with IFTTT and HomeKit home automation systems.
Why, Why, Why, Cortana…?
Getting his WiFi kettle to play ball with voice commands was only part of the battle. Ultimately, the Hove-based Data Specialist wanted to extend the Internet of Things to all parts of the home. This tweet reveals the method of his madness:
For his efforts, a strong mug of tea barely covers it. You have got to admire his persistence. It also goes to show that if the Internet of Things stops your kettle from working, you can always fall back on the saucepan or a traditional camping kettle. Graham Linehan would have loved this story; there’s an episode of The IT Crowd out of this!