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Here’s an espresso machine that needs a fingerprint ID

By / 12.17.12

The Philips Saeco Xelsis Fingerprint ID Espresso Machine is exactly what it sounds like: A coffee-maker that requires a fingerprint to work.

Philips Saeco

Philips Saeco


Also $4000. Although to be fair, this is a really, really nice coffee machine.

Saeco is the company that pioneered the fully automatic home espresso machine in the ’80s and basically ensured being a pretentious ass had at least one crucial kitchen accessory. But this is a bit over the top, even for them.

So, why the fingerprinting? To store your coffee profile. You swipe your finger and immediately, the machine knows exactly how you want your espresso. It can store up to six different profiles, so you and everyone else in your house can store exactly what you want.

And it is fully automatic, which is a good thing because cleaning one of these things manually is a nightmare.

That said, you will have to explain to everybody you ever meet that you own a $4000 espresso machine with a fingerprint ID system. Just… don’t bring it up until someone asks, if you value not being seen as a tool.

Philips Saeco Xelsis Fingerprint ID Espresso Machine [Uncrate]


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About Dan Seitz... Dan Seitz is a semi-professional nerd (he'll have to code a homebrew game for the NES before he goes pro). He grew up fiddling with video game systems, computers, cameras, and other technology you should never hand to an eight-year-old if you want it back in pristine condition. Currently, he lives in Boston with his girlfriend, her cat, a Shih Tzu, and far too many objects with processors.

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