Yes, you read that correctly. An out of work electrical engineer with a background in computer science and a particular expertise in open source from Finland built a device which will send out Tweet every time the toilet is flushed.
The first reaction to the Twitter feed at @iotoilets may be a chuckle. But the idea behind this and what it illustrates is serious. It tracks water usage, offers a warning about the future of privacy in the era of the Internet of Things, and just might say something about the modern job hunt.
Ruecker built his device on a recent long weekend after he was laid off as an open-source evangelist at a technology company undergoing “rightsizing,” as he put it. He lives in Finland and spoke to Computerworld via a video Skype session.