Making ice over the Net

One of most impressive projects showcased at the Technomatheia III exhibition was Talos, a professional ice cube maker that was created jointly by students of the 1st Salamina TEE and their counterparts from Aegina and the Sivitaneidio School. Talos is named after the bronze giant created by Hephaestus, the god of smiths, as a gift for King Minos of Crete. The giant protected the island by casting stones at the ships of pirates who plagued the Aegean Sea. The students’ machine can be instructed to make ice cubes from another room or even from another country as it can be fully activated by remote control or even receive commands over the Internet. The original idea behind Talos belongs to the project’s coordinating teacher who, on a visit to a Danish school, saw a printing press that could be operated via the Internet by the person who built it, who was in Japan. Now, Greece’s ice cube makers will be able to do exactly the same thing.