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[Engadget] Gmail and iPhone alums create Electric Imp, connect your toaster to the web

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Have you ever wanted to preheat your oven while on the way home from work, or start your sprinklers while vacationing, only to remember you don't have the spare loot lying around for a network of smart appliances? A recent startup (that somehow eluded Kickstarter) called Electric Imp is about to make your wireless control / monitoring fantasies a reality with its soon-to-be-released, $25 web interface.

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Edited by [March] - 5/17/12 at 2:17am
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Interesting I guess? I mean, I don't really understand why people have this urge to have everything connected all the time. Like, how long does it take to preheat an oven? So what if your sprinklers aren't turned on, odds are it's going to rain at some point in time. Why the heck would my toaster need to be connected to the internet?? I dunno, I guess I'm getting old, but this really doesn't seem all that important tbh...
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I wuold love to prepare my toast from my bed get up and eat them biggrin.gif

Those guys must be lazy as hell but hey, they will be rich for sure !
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It would be pretty cool to be able to turn on your lights when you are on vacation, or sprinklers. It also would be nice if you could preheat your oven while you are on your way home if you have other plans later in the night and need to be quick.

Is there a way already to control your thermostat via mobile? Would be cool to turn on heat/ac on your way home - very similar to autostart on your car. Save energy but still not freeze/sweat the first 20 minutes you are in your home.
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I wuold love to prepare my toast from my bed get up and eat them biggrin.gif
Those guys must be lazy as hell but hey, they will be rich for sure !

How does the bread get in the toaster? If you have to put it there, does it really take that much extra effort to start it yourself?
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It would be pretty cool to be able to turn on your lights when you are on vacation, or sprinklers. It also would be nice if you could preheat your oven while you are on your way home if you have other plans later in the night and need to be quick.

They have ways to do that, timers you can plug lamps and stuff into. It turns on at different times and stays on for however long you want the lights to stay on. How long does it take to preheat an oven, 5 minutes? 10 minutes tops? Usually takes that long to prepare whatever you're putting in the oven.
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Is there a way already to control your thermostat via mobile? Would be cool to turn on heat/ac on your way home - very similar to autostart on your car. Save energy but still not freeze/sweat the first 20 minutes you are in your home.

I'm pretty sure you can control your thermostat with a mobile device. I think a few companies have stuff out there that will allow you to do that. Again, I still don't get it. If you're going to be gone for awhile just turn it off before you leave, and then be slightly uncomfortable for 10 minutes when you get home. Still no real need or point to this technology. It doesn't enhance any aspect of our lives, only encourages laziness and forgetfulness.
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Never underestimate the power of laziness.
I personally though have no desire at all to use this technology, and I believe it is detrimental to society as a whole... I mean, seriously, how much more lazy do people have to get?
Not mentioning potential crackers would get all kinds of unsettling control over your house.
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How does the bread get in the toaster? If you have to put it there, does it really take that much extra effort to start it yourself?

The first tiem you use it you put the bread in it and go to bed. Next day after eating you refill the toaster.
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The first tiem you use it you put the bread in it and go to bed. Next day after eating you refill the toaster.

Have you ever left a slice or two of bread out for more than a few minutes? It dries out and starts to harden pretty quick. I would imagine if you left bread out for 24 hours, It would be dry as a desert and hard as a rock. Not very good toast if you ask me, certainly not worth the extra five seconds it would take to pull the bread out of the bag, stick it in the toaster, and then manually start up the toaster rolleyes.gif
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Have you ever left a slice or two of bread out for more than a few minutes? It dries out and starts to harden pretty quick. I would imagine if you left bread out for 24 hours, It would be dry as a desert and hard as a rock. Not very good toast if you ask me, certainly not worth the extra five seconds it would take to pull the bread out of the bag, stick it in the toaster, and then manually start up the toaster rolleyes.gif

I have to agree lmao

Still this invention can be useful if you let say plug all your lights inside your house on this device, or even the TV for your animals (I know it's not that useful lol).
Or at 4 p.m start the oven to cook that chicken pot pie !
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