Updated: Tuesday, 06 November 2012 19:37 | By Relaxnews

Smart apron sends tweets to guests when dinner is ready

In what could be described as the modern-day equivalent of ringing a hand bell and yelling, “Dinner’s ready,” US engineers have developed a smart apron that sends text messages alerting guests to come to the table.


Smart apron sends tweets to guests when dinner is ready

Smart apron sends tweets to guests when dinner is ready

Spotted by trend tracking site PSFK, the Apron Alert is based on a magnetic clasp that senses when the cook has donned his or her 21st century smock and when it has been removed. When the clasp is connected, a wireless signal is sent to the server and interpreted by an Arduino board, a computing platform.

In response, the apron triggers a series of tweets or text messages to people’s smartphones letting them know when the meal is being prepared -- “Starting to cook!” -- and when it’s time to come to the table, explains inventor Smart Interaction Lab, based out of New York.

Apron Alert is the latest in smart home invention that harnesses the power of social media and emerging technologies.

For example, refrigerators enabled with Wi-Fi can now record their contents and remind consumers of impending expiration dates, while the Electrolux Eco portable dishwasher uses ultrasonic waves to ionize food and turn it into waste, which can then be used for composting.

Watch how the Apron Alert works at http://vimeo.com/48399017.

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