Best diet tip ever: a biscuit tin that alerts your spouse if you snack
Is your hankering for Hobnobs out of control? Are you gobbling Garibaldis like there’s no tomorrow? Do you find it impossible to dodge Jammie Dodgers? If delicious, moreish, buttery biscuits are your Achilles' heel and kryptonite wrapped up in one, then we have a surprisingly powerful dieting tip for you.
Is your hankering for Hobnobs out of control? Are you gobbling Garibaldis like there’s no tomorrow? Do you find it impossible to dodge Jammie Dodgers? If delicious, moreish, buttery biscuits are your Achilles’ heel and kryptonite wrapped up in one, then we have a surprisingly powerful dieting tip for you. It harnesses the magic of the smart home and a bit of simple psychology.
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While the desire for crunchy, crumbly, heavenly baked treats can be too hard to resist, everyone still feels a little naughty with each Digestive that gets digested. It's why most biscuit raids occur while nobody's watching.
But what if the biscuit tin itself were 'watching'? Not only that, but what if the biscuit tin squealed on you every time you lifted the lid to pick up another Penguin? If it fired off an immediate text alert to your spouse or partner, your biscuit raid shame would be out in the open. With nowhere to hide, you'd have the kind of spotlight on your snacking that could permanently change your diet for the better.
How can your biscuit tin or goodies cupboard rat you out? Just like this:
With a Samsung SmartThings Hub plugged into your broadband router and the SmartThings app downloaded to your spouse or partner's iPhone or Android smartphone, attach a SmartThings Multi Sensor to the biscuit tin.
For such a small device the Multi Sensor packs a lot of tech. It can sense movement (a biscuit tin lid being lifted, say), changes in orientation (for example, a biscuit tin being taken down from a shelf), vibration, and even fluctuations in temperature (like you'd find if a desperate biscuit addict tried using a blowtorch to avoid lifting the lid).
Okay, so perhaps the blowtorching example is a bit extreme, but now anytime you weaken and reach for the Bourbons, your designated diet enforcer will receive a text or push notification on their smartphone, enabling them to rush into the kitchen (or call you) and stop you in your tracks.
More extreme measures required? How about roping in some other smart devices and setting up a series of warnings that can occur when the biscuit tin is tampered with? With the necessary optional extras attached to your network you could, for example, trigger the lights in the kitchen to turn red and flash, while your Sonos wireless speaker plays a klaxon at full volume. We're not saying you should do this, but you certainly could.
What you need
- Philips Hue Starter Kit
- Sonos Multi-Room Wireless Speaker
- A good starting point is the Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit which contains the Hub and three sensors to begin your Smart Home transformation.