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Brief Published: 15 Dec 2017

Self-Heating Ceramic Cup


LA-based start-up Ember has launched a smart mug that allows the drinker to control the temperature of their beverage via a corresponding app.

Devised in collaboration with US design studio Ammunition, the mug uses Bluetooth to connect to the user's smartphone, through which they can set their preferred temperature up to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. The mug will then maintain that temperature using embedded sensors that relay temperature to a microprocessor in the base. This connects to a heating element to boost the heat or dial it back.

The mug, made from unbreakable double-walled steel with a ceramic shell, automatically turns off if it remains stationary for more than two hours. To recharge, the cup is placed on a matching conductive coaster.

The Ember Ceramic Mug is available via Starbucks and the ember website and retails at $79. For other recent examples of at-home beverage tech, see Ultrasonic Tea-Making Machine, Scented Cup Simulates Flavour and Teforia Smart Brewing Device.

For a deeper investigation into personal food technology beyond the confines of the kitchen, read our report Post-Kitchen Lifestyles, part of our Kitchen of the Future Industry Trend.