When Eastenders is shown on the TV the grid has to deal with 1.75 million kettles being boiled at the same time, requiring 3 gigawatts of power. That’s a whole lot of energy needed for something as small as a cup of tea, and thanks to the inefficient design of the kettle much of it is wasted in boiled water that’s not used. MIITO is a new kind of kettle; one that solves this problem of waste.
Inspired by a quote by Leyla Acaroglu, who explains that one day of over filling kettles is enough to light all the streetlights in England for a night, Nils Chudy and Jasmina Grase from The Design Academy Eindhoven designed a device to boil exactly the amount of water needed to use.
The principle of the system is similar to an induction cooktop. Inside the device is a coil which generates an electromagnetic field. Only when a conductor is placed in the path of this field is heat created. If you were to touch the device while on you would feel no heat. Likewise if you were to simply place a cup of water on it the water wouldn’t boil. For this to happen a conductive rod must be submerged in the liquid.
[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]The beauty of this system means almost any vessel can be use to boil water in[/inlinetweet]. A cup of tea can be boiled in the cup you intend to drink from.
Joined by engineer David Riding the team are ready to sell the kettle and are asking for €150,000 in funding to take them into manufacturing.