Tea, Meet the WiFi Enabled Kettle

WTN150112_ART_WiFiKettleAmid the robots, gigantic 4K TVs and luxury electric cars, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show also featured a WiFi enabled, smartphone operated tea kettle.

The iKettle’s attractive design includes your choice of $20 colored skins in five colors that permit kitchen décor customization while protecting and insulating the stainless steel surface and preventing accidental burns. Check out this video for a look at its functions, all of which are thoughtfully displayed in a simple app.

The iKettle by UK-based Smarter lets you pre-boil water from anywhere in the house using your home WiFi network. The application sends notifications you when the water is heated and ready to pour; advise if the WiFi enabled kettle is empty and remind you to refill. It has a welcome home mode and a keep warm setting. The application allows multiple user access to the kettle, and it lets you schedule a morning wake up.

WTN150112_ART_WiFiKettle-ControlsThe iKettle has four manual temperature settings 149º-176º-203º-212ºF (65º-80º-95º-100ºC) for different teas including a lower settings for green and oolong teas to avoid bitter extraction.

The applications run on iOS7+ and Android 4+ platforms and are compatible with tablets, phones and other WiFi devices using a 2.4GHz router. Users can create custom greetings and messages and different themes. All can be downloaded free at your app store.

The kettle has a 1.8 liter capacity and 2400w separate heating element. The basic iKettle sells for $150 (£99 or £109 with you choice of skins). Additional skins are $23 (£14.99).

Learn more at: http://smarter.am/


Dan Bolton

About Dan Bolton

Dan Bolton edits STiR Tea & Coffee Industry International. He was formerly editor and publisher of World Tea News and former editor and publisher of Tea Magazine and former editor-in-chief of Specialty Coffee Retailer. He is a beverage retail consultant and frequent speaker at industry seminars and conferences. His work has appeared in many beverage publications. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for 20 years prior to his career in magazines. Dan is the founding editor of Natural Food magazine and has led six publishing ventures since 1995. He lives in Winnipeg, Canada.