Wi-Fi IoT Electrical Outlet: Turning on a Coffee Maker Remotely

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and there’s no question that the need to turn on my coffee maker while still in bed is a necessity. I don’t want to wait for my coffee to brew after I go down to the kitchen in the morning. I want my coffee ready as soon as I get there. It’s not that I’m impatient, I just have lots of electronics work to do, right?
Obviously, I needed a solution that would allow me to start my coffee brewing from my phone which I keep at my bedside. This is a great example of a problem in need of an IoT (Internet of Things) solution. The coffee maker is a thing I want to control from the Internet.
I’m the only one in my house that drinks coffee, so I have a simple single-serving coffee maker that I like to set up the night before. To brew, there is a mechanical button on the side that turns on the heating element and then “pops out” after the brewing process. If there is no power supplied to the coffee maker, this button can still be pressed in, and when power is supplied, the brewing will start. All I needed is a way to turn on the AC mains power to the coffee maker.”


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