Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on January 3, 2009
Sorry Ryan. It’s cool, but it’s not new. Back in 1995, MIT student Philip A. Lisiecki rigged the laundry machines at Random Hall, a small, slightly decrepit dorm on Massachusetts Ave., to report their status on Zephyr, a sort of proto-instant messaging system still in use on the MIT network. You can get a report on the status of Random’s washers and dryers from their Web site.