Last year we reported on a concept device called the Miito. Basically it’s a metal rod that when placed into a glass of water has the ability to heat it up, thus allowing users to boil water in all sorts of containers, not necessarily limiting themselves to a kettle or a pot. Apparently the idea was quite a hit because now its creators have decided to launch a Kickstarter project for it.
Designed by Nils Chudy and Jasmina Grase, the inspiration for the Miito came from looking at how badly designed kettles are, and how wasteful they can be. Chudy claims, “My inspiration was the daily use of electric kettles. I wondered why all kettles look so similar. I quickly noticed that they not only look bad but they are also wastefully designed.”
“The minimum fill line of the majority of kettles is at approximately 500mL. This means that if you want one cup of tea (250mL) you waste 50 percent of the hot water, which means you waste 50 percent of the energy. This adds up to be a lot.” The design of the Miito has progressed from last year where it was more of a proof of concept.
Now the actual device is thinner and has a smaller base, thus allowing it to be placed in even more containers. It has the ability to boil 200ml of water in 60 seconds and because it is made with stainless steel, it is also easy to clean. Unfortunately at the moment the Miito works manually meaning that it does not automatically turn off when the water is boiled, meaning users will have to keep an eye on it.
However its creators are hoping that with the funds being raised on Kickstarter that they can solve this problem. The project is close to reaching its funding goal so if you’d like to pledge your support, head on over to its Kickstarter page for the details.