Milkmaid Smart Milk Jug Tells You When Milk is Bad
The prototype Milkmaid "smart jug" aims to solve the sour milk problem by detecting spoiled milk and sending a message to its owner informing them of the need to buy fresh supplies on their smart phone. Developed as the result of a contest held by General Electric and Quirky the challenge was to make everyday objects "smarter with software."
There are three aspects to the Milkmaid:
- The first is its ability to detect when milk is starting to turn. This is managed by a pH sensor in the base.
- The second is an LED light that will blink and then the Milkmaid sends a text message to an assigned mobile phone with the status of the milk.
- The third is a free iPhone app that lists stats about the milk contained within the Milkmaid. This includes how much liquid is left, the temperature, and the expected expiration date.
The Milkmaid is currently at the prototype stage, and we hope it does get made. We don't typically have this problem of sour milk because we usually drink it much faster by getting half gallons of milk on a more regular basis.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at June 28, 2012 5:04 AM