For his master's thesis at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program
, my friend Ben Brown built News Brews
, a device that scans news feeds via the internet, and "parses them to determine the relative frequency at which different coffee growing regions are mentioned. It then brews a cup of coffee from freshly ground whole beans which contains relative proportions of beans grown in the regions in that day's news." I'm looking forward to further developments in the new field of beverage informatics.