Matty did the first implementation of this with Daniel Bartolini and Hsiao-huh Hsu, which got a fair amount of media presence. Fast forward a few years and one dissassembly to help someone else construct their own: Wake n’Bacon isn’t in the best shape. It needs some love.
Applied Platonics was proud to offer it that love. In fact, we gave it a whole new set of guts, swapping out the breadboarded PIC circuit with a shiny new Volksduino, and redoing all the wiring with modular connectors, and even adding a “time select” knob (different bacon cooks at different speeds, of course). When all was said and done, it was sent off to ABC’s Shark Tank with Matty, where it might not have won funding, but it did win many, many hearts.
The collaboration was really fun, and a great confluence of a creative minds, both artistic and technical. Working with Matty again will almost certainly happen, and it will be just as awesome.
(And, with any luck, it will leave the lab smelling like delicious smoked maple for a week again.)
More info (including some great photos) can be found at Matty’s Wake n’Bacon page.