When most people think of networked things, they think of refrigerators, machines or parking spaces. @gy4nt thought of the Oktoberfest and beer. Together with @tamberg, he set out to connect a beer mug with the Internet and then test his solution under the most extreme of conditions - Oktoberfest. The two hackers documented their progress over the course of two years in a specially created blog called, #OktoberfestOfThings.
The early drafts more or less consisted of an iPhone adapter for a beer mug. Using a laser cutter, the two hackers cut the appropriate pieces to size. The only thing missing was an app to calculate the beer-level in the mug – using data from the integrated acceleration sensor in the smartphone – and automatically order a refill as it approached empty. "Users were worried that they might lose their iPhone. That’s why we didn't pursue the concepy any further," explains @tamberg.