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Just Java™ 2 by Peter van der Linden

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Some Light Relief—The Java-Powered Toaster

First prize for the “most entertaining Java application of 2001” goes to Robin Southgate. For his final year project as an Industrial Design student at Brunel University in England, Robin designed and built a bread toaster. Not just any toaster though. Robin's toaster is powered by a Java program that dials a weather service, retrieves the forecast, and singes the outlook onto the toast. Examples of the toast are shown in Figure 11-3.

Figure 11-3. Java-powered toaster

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Robin's design integrates a standard domestic toaster with the Tiny InterNet Interface (TINI) microcontroller from Dallas Semiconductor. ...

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