Early last year, coffee maker company Keurig Green Mountain announced its intention to build a kind of Digital Rights Management (DRM) into its next-generation coffee maker, forcing Keurig 2.0 users to buy officially branded coffee pods exclusively. When the Keurig 2.0 came out, interested parties got to work figuring out how the coffee machine maker blocked the use of third-party single-use coffee pods.
Turns out, the Keurig 2.0 has an embedded scanner that looks for a specific ink marker on the lids of authorized “K-cups.” If the special ink isn’t there, the Keurig 2.0 will display an “Oops!” message and refuse to continue its coffee-making task.
Now, a coffee pod maker called Rogers Family Company Coffee & Tea Market is giving away a free clip that attaches to a Keurig 2.0 and fools the coffee maker into thinking that it’s making Keurig-sanctified coffee. The company calls it the “Freedom Clip” and claims that “This little clip will override the Keurig 2.0® Lock Out Technology and allow most NON approved K-Cup® type pods to work.”
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