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Meet the kettle that only heats the water you want

Smart kettle

Fancy a brew? Oh go on then, if it’s energy efficient…

Do you find yourself heating up more water than you use? You’re not alone. According to CNET, a 2013 report found that over $100 million was being wasted every year by people overfilling kettles. That’s not from them using expensive artisan tea-bags, or continually dropping their cups, either: that’s the electricity used to heat the water that never got near their mouths.

So, meet Miito: a device that aims to make boiling water that bit more energy efficient, by boiling the water in whatever vessel size you actually need: from a small teacup to a large teapot. Guesswork gone.

It consists of an induction plate and a rod with a disc on the bottom. When the cup is placed on the plate, the water will begin heating the rod.

But how does it actually work? Well, the induction plate contains a coil which emits a high-frequency electromagnetic field. When this touches the plate, it closes a circulating current, heating up the rod and your drink.

The team behind it hope to add some additional functionality┬ábefore it’s ready for market – estimated around Quarter 4, 2016. They want to include some kind of automation that will automatically shut it down, and add additional bells and whistles that can change the heat based on the liquid being heated, so you don’t end up turning your green tea red-hot.

It should retail for around $125, but if you end up wasting as much energy heating water as most people, you may find that pays for itself pretty quickly. For updates, keep an eye on the official website.

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