Twitter Hack Your Washing Machine
Article by George Norman
On 14 Jan 2009
Are you the kind of person that pops a load of laundry into the washing machine and then completely forgets about it because you are too busy surfing the web and micro-blogging on Twitter? If that is the case, then you will be interested to know that Ryan Rose played around with the insides of his washing machine and “convinced” it to tweet when a load is done.

The applicability of this washing machine hack is an obvious one. Once the laundry is done you will be reminded of this by means of a big flashy, blinking display (reference to the mandatory YouTube video showcasing the hack) and by means of a Twitter update, so that you go get the laundry out and hang it to dry. The purpose of doing a load is so that you have fresh new clothes to wear, not end up with a pile of smelly, soggy bunch of clothes you have to do all over again because you forgot to check the machine.

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Ryan Rose, who earns a living by working as a TiVo senior programmer in San Jose, used a 25 years old washing machine, some electronics and his geeky ingenuity to achieve this washing machine task. According to him, the hack and consequent Twitter alarm (dubbed PiMPY3WASH) were a necessity because of his dodgy memory, which lead him to discover a pile of mildewed clothes when he eventually remembered that he put a load in the washing machine.

If you think that Ryan Rose’s feat is somewhat pointless, then you would be wrong. I will admit that it is incredibly geeky, but it is not pointless – proof of that is the fact that Brian Snyder, spokesperson with Whirlpool contacted the programmer so that the technology could be implemented into mainstream Whirlpool washing machines.



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