Introducing the Twettle: The Tea Kettle That Tweets

By Smriti Rao | April 7, 2010 11:38 am

TWATALAT.107One of the underrated pleasures of this modern world is developing more intimate relationships with one’s appliances and household objects–via Twitter.

Innovators have already connected rice cookers, toasters, house plants, and even a toilet to Twitter so that people can get crucial updates on these objects’ status. For example, MyToaster updates its twitter feed with messages like “toasting” and “toasted” so the toaster owner knows when to go pop that bread out.

The latest product to join the list of socially networked appliances is the Twettle–the tea kettle that tweets when the water is boiling and the time is right for steeping tea bags.

Developed by Ben Perman and Murat Multu, the Twettle comes in bright, happy colors; the British designers hope the product will eventually take off in the United Kingdom, where tea is a cornerstone of culture and life.

The idea behind Twettle is that it would connect to the local wi-fi network and tweet when the tea was ready. For example:

twettle_tweet_example21

The creators say the kettle could also throw in a few weekly stats about the number of cups of tea consumed.

Twettle

Gizmodo sadly reports that the Twettle isn’t a real product yet, but the designers are looking for an investment of $500,000 to get the $115 kettles onto the production line.

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Image: MobileInc

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  • Michelle

    Well that’s all fine and dandy for you brits…but us yanks do our coffee!! What about a coffee maker? :(

  • http://roseschwartz.com Rose

    Not all Americans drink coffee. I drink tea but wonder what happens when Twitter goes down. Or you’re not around your computer/phone to see the updates.

  • shadegem

    I don’t really see a point in these beyond the stats. I mean, what’s the point of a toaster tweeting when the bread’s done in about 4 min? I’d rather have something that says it out loud so if I’m near I’ll hear it and catch it.

  • http://andeatingit2.com Joanna Cake

    I had to check the date on this one. Surely this is an April Fool? We Brits do love our tea but surely it would have been better to have a kettle that makes tweeting noises rather than telling you via your computer that it’s boiling. As the investors on Dragon’s Den would say: ‘This is not a viable business, so I’m OUT’

  • http://www.simplefuzz.com Jeremy Martin

    Lets just pray that toilets don’t start tweeting, especially using TwitPic…..

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