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A teapot with a steam vent separate from, but above, the spout, in which the steam is forced through various chambers to create music. You know your tea is ready when the reedy strands of Benny Hill (or Holst, if you prefer) echo from the kitchen.
The chambers would be opened and closed according
to instructions from a small computerized music box in the calliope. The box could be reprogrammed with memory cards, or it could be USBd to your laptop, allowing you to download tunes to your heart's content.
Batteries not required - this is, of course, powered by steam.
Courtesy of [FarmerJohn]. [Shz, Apr 14 2006]
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||Do you hear that?
Yeah - its "Yackety Sax."
Care for some tea?
||Hmmm....mine seems a bit redundant then.
||Hmmm, I'm not sure anything involving memory cards and USBs will ever reach the status of 'cutsey'...Not very 'Little House On the Prarie' is it?
||shapu - I sympathise with you over this idea being already
more or less redundant... I once got really excited about
an idea for a Bakelite and black gun metal style
"Remingtoniser" that would plug into your keyboard and
make it clatter and ding like an old typewriter. I did
drawings, I wrote up the idea in a state of increasing
enthusiasm, and then I did a final check, just to see if
anything like it existed already..... and now you know the
rest. Giving you a + for a nice variation of an old idea.