Whether you’re heating water for a cup of ramen noodles, instant coffee, or afternoon tea, chances are, you do it using a water kettle. That’s how it was always done when I was young and that’s how we do it in my household now. Except, as it turns out, big kettles tend to be wasteful, since you’re usually boiling more water than you’ll actually use. Miito wants to change that.
Rather than heat water in a kettle, the device can heat water in any smaller container, like your Bucardo Mug, your Bubble Wrap Glass, and your soup bowl. That way, you can heat just the right amount of water you need for any beverage or food. Heck, you can even do it in the exact vessel you’re consuming it from, cutting down on the amount of things you’ll need to clean up later.
Miito consists of a disc-shaped base where you place the vessel containing the water and a rod that you place inside the vessel. To use, simply press the lone button available on the base to put it in standby mode, at which point it will wait to detect when you want it to begin heating. From there, you simply place the cup, bowl, or glass on top of the base, then drop the rod inside it – the device will detect when the rig is in place and automatically begin the heating process. It can bring a cup of milk or soup to boil in as little as two minutes.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running to fund Miito. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at €90.