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Laid off from job, man builds tweeting toilet

Patrick Thibodeau | Sept. 11, 2014
Technology, like comedy, uses improvisation.

Ruecker says it also illustrates yet another way how a connected home can invade privacy. A device that records the amount of flushes can indicate occupancy as well as the number of occupants.

One thing that isn't flush (excuse pun) is Finland's technology job market.

Microsoft recently announced a major layoff in Finland affecting, after final negotiations, 1,050 of its Nokia employees. That is about .0190% of Finland's population of 5.414 million. A similar percentage of layoffs in U.S. equal would equal approximately 60,550 people.

Ruecker hopes his IoT creation helps demonstrate his knowledge of the "full stack" involved in creating these tools. He has plans to build moisture and temperature sensors to monitor his chili plants, and is working on connecting other things in his home, including his coffee maker.

Finding a way to stand-out in job hunt Finland, and most places today, may be necessity. Ruecker is doing just that, one flush at a time.


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