[Video] Ember a Smart Smartphone-controlled Coffee mug, keeps your drinks warm

22 October, 2015 Technology



If you to drink Coffee, Tea and any other HOT drink, you may have faced this issue before. In cold days your hot drink will get cold fast particularly if you're distracted by other tasks during your morning routine. Well, the solution is here California-based Ember Technologies has developed a connected coffee mug that is claimed to keep your beverage hotter for longer, with users able to set the temperature through a companion smartphone app or a twist of the mug's base.



"Ember" a 12-ounce (350 ml) Smart-mug that can be controlled from your smartphone, it keeps your drink in the temperature preferred and displays this temperature on an OLED display at the bottom of the mug. How it works ? It uses a Phase-change materials shift from one state to another when exposed to different temperatures. So when hot, they may change from solid to a liquid and absorb and store heat in the process. And then when cooled again, they may change back to a solid and release this heat, for example.




And with all these advanced coffee cups around, it was surely just a matter of time before somebody built an app to go with them. By connecting with a smartphone over Bluetooth LE, Ember offers some features you can certainly do without, but a few pretty practical ones as well.




But if you find all that fiddling around in the app is more trouble than it's worth, Ember's temperature can simply be adjusted with a rotating dial just below the small display indicating the temperature. And to refuel, the mug is placed on a wireless charging pad, which doubles as a coaster and restores it to a full charge in 1.5 hours.




Ember is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign, where an early pledge of $109 will put you in line for one if everything goes as planned. Shipping is slated for April,2016.




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