I saw an interesting post on Techcrunch the other day about a smart milk jug project developed by GE and Quirky. The 1-quart product uses pH, temperature and weight sensors to track both how much milk is left and whether it has gone bad. There is a discrete LED interface on the base in addition to a GSM radio and SIM card so that the user can receive a text message reminder when it is time to buy more milk.
The value proposition for this particular product is a bit underwhelming in my opinion (but then again, a quart of milk usually disappears long before it would go bad at my house) but I love the thinking behind it. It’s great to see people working to use smart technology to improve their day-to-day lives, especially in areas that aren’t typically associated with high technology.