For the techie who wishes she still lived in a pre-tech era, there’s now a device made for your (very specific) demographic. Meet Peggy, the smart clothespin that will alert you when the weather is about to turn so that you can bring your laundry off the clothesline — because apparently, you’re the kind of person who owns a smartphone and a smart clothes peg, but also hangs your laundry outside on a clothesline. How cool of you.
Essentially, the peg works by way of the thermometer and a humidity sensor hidden inside the body of the device. This allows the clothespin to keep tabs on the temperature and the probability of rain, while monitoring sunlight by way of a UV sensor. Peggy aggregates all this information to determine how long it’ll take your clothes to dry outside, and sends you a notification via its companion smartphone app when your clothes are ready (or if you need to take them in early to avoid an impending storm).
But don’t worry — Peggy has more functionality than just laundry. Because this smart clothespin is also effectively a weather monitor, it’ll also tell users when to go outside and enjoy the sunshine, or when to pack an umbrella along with the picnic. And of course, it’ll also tell you exactly how long you have to be on this picnic before your clothes are dry given current conditions.
JWT Sydney group digital creative director Jay Morgan, who was involved in the creation of Peggy, calls the device “a mini weather station.” The smart clothespin isn’t actually available for sale quite yet, but if you’re in Australia and interested in helping test out the new product, you can sign up here. After all, who wouldn’t want to be part of the beta test group for the world’s very first clothes peg to join the Internet of Things?