iKettle: Wireless Kettle
So who needs an iKettle? Clearly, nobody. Although this won’t stop it being a dream gift for tea lovers everywhere. Plus, in a world in which the ‘internet of things’ is gradually taking over all of our appliances and creeping its way into the kitchen (think of the smart fridge) it seems only logical that the next technological advancement should come in the form of a kettle.
So, how does it differ from an ordinary kettle? First, you need to install the dedicated app onto your phone (the iKettle, despite the name, can be used on both iOS and Android devices). The kettle then connects to your home’s WiFi, and can be accessed from the app. Features include the ability to boil the kettle using the app, so whether you’re out in the garden or in the lounge watching TV, setting the kettle to boil is easy. Furthermore, the app includes an alarm clock, and is able to boil the kettle at a certain time every morning, allowing a couple of extra minutes in bed. However, those who make toast while boiling the kettle may have to wait for the invention of the smart toaster in order to streamline their morning routine.
Another perk of the iKettle is that, because it uses WiFi, it can be programmed to recognise when you return home from work and begin boiling instantly. Furthermore, the kettle also dispenses with the ‘one temperature fits all’ norm of its predecessors, and is able to heat water to a range of temperatures, including 80⁰C – supposedly perfect for brewing green tea.
The kettle seems safe, and has a cut-off switch to prevent boiling dry, although of course it still needs to be refilled by hand. As the iKettle connects to your home’s WiFi, it cannot be operated while out of range, although this is unlikely to be an issue – after all, who wants to switch on their kettle from work? However, the privacy-conscious may wish to set a secure password in order to prevent hacker-prone neighbours controlling the kettle for themselves.
Overall, then, a novel but surprisingly tempting choice, even if it does cost £99 (available on Firebox.com). Give it a few years and a reduction in price, though, and a kettle’s on/off switch may soon become a thing of the past.