Here is a perfect marriage of technology, coffee, and social network sites:
A 16-year-old intern at the German media agency, Blanko, has created a coffee machine that tweets, on the micro-blogging site Twiitter.com.
The intern mounted a web camera on the coffee machine, focused on the machine’s digital display. When the display changes, the image is photographed, and compared to a database of phrases. The matching phrase is then entered into a Twitter account and posted under #blankomat, in German, of course.
Recent tweets have included: 1 KAFFEE (1 coffee), SCHALE LEEREN (flat emptying), SCHALE FEHLT(flat one is missing), and WASSERTANK FÜLLEN (water tank filling).