A group of students competing in the PennApps Data Hackathon created a microwave which plays a popular YouTube video that is the length of the time you’ve entered for your food to heat up. They call it the μWave and their hack won them first prize in the competition. Not only does the microwave entertain you while your left over chicken fried rice is reheating, but it also texts you when your food is done and tweets about when you use it. They used an Arduino to read the amount of time on the microwave’s 7-segment display and to communicate that information to a web server with Ruby on Rails. I’m guessing that the next logical step is to integrate Facebook so that the user must friend the microwave before using it. [via Hack A Day]

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darrel.mccurdy Darrel McCurdy

    The potentially most awesome set of circumstances would be that this video gets popular enough to show up on itself and then someone makes popcorn.

  • http://twitter.com/100kw 渡邊恵太

    Famous Youtube +  Microwave system that called CastOven already had been proposed. ref.  http://techcrunch.com/2009/12/07/castoven-microwave-with-built-in-youtube-player-video/  and (serach “CastOven”)

  • Anonymous

    Put a cable tv in it, then may be the consumer will think about spending the money on
    this. Otherwise this product and CastOven is DOA.