If you’re anything like me, you’re a regular red blooded, milk drinking American citizen. Similarly, just like every other milk lover on the face of the Earth, you’ve probably faced the nightmare of swinging the fridge door open only to find spoiled milk, or even worse – no milk, looking back at your particularly dry bowl of corn flakes wondering, “How did I miss that one?”
Thanks to a contest held by GE and Quirky, this will no longer be a problem. Milkmaid is a unique home appliance which became its concept winner, which challenged individuals to submit ideas for an ordinary home appliance enhanced by smart apps.
The result? Smart milk!
Milkmaid is embedded with high-tech features such as sensors, GSM radio module, antenna, SIM card and a rechargeable battery so you’ll virtually never have to worry about maintaining your milk again. With built in pH sensors and an LED attached to its front, the device changes its color from green to orange to detect how spoiled your milk has become. The coolest part (in my opinion) is what comes next.
The jug not only includes all of these amazing features, but it also can notify you via SMS when your milk is running low and/or when it has gone bad. You literally can be out and about and receive a text about your milk’s status, that way you’ll never have to make an impromptu trip back to the grocery store to pick up some more. Milkmaid essentially eliminates unpreparedness when it comes to shopping for this grocery item (because we all know we’ve been there before).
Product development company Quirky has just finished wrapping up its engineering phase and design – which mind you, is extremely sleek and beautiful; just watch the video above for a full explanation of its concept – for the working prototype. The next step, of course, is seeing if there is a demand for the product, which would then officially push the product onto the market.
What Quirky has done here is really only equivalent to dipping their toe in to test the waters, yet waves of consumer opinions have already flooded the scene. While some claim this is a waste of time, money and technology, others have described Milkmaid as “epic” and something that could start a revelation amongst related situations which could generate a lot of revenue (think fish tanks, water filters, fridges, etc.) In between there is a specific group of indifferent individuals asking, “Why not?”
So what do you think? Would you use a smart milk jug, or do you think something better could have been done with the technology?
Edited by Braden Becker