Hacking the Coffee Maker – Caffeine Viewer

June 30, 2008  |  Data Art, Self-surveillance

The colmeia group recently installed their Caffeine Viewer project where they hacked their coffee maker to log their "insane coffee consumption" in real-time. Every time a person presses a button on the coffee maker data are logged, but there's a slight twist - the data are available to everyone via the caffeinated API. That's some serious self-surveillance. There are also a few visualizations, but mainly, they invite others to create their own.

Hacking the coffee maker:

Caffeine arcs:

How much coffee do you drink every day? More importantly, if you saw how much coffee you drink per year, would you cut back?

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