WiFi kettle allows you to boil water from bed
It may only take a minute or two to boil a kettle, but the agonising wait for that reassuring click is now over, with the launch of the world’s first WiFi version.
The ultimate in mod cons for the consumer too busy – or lazy – to enter the kitchen and do the job manually, the iKettle can be switched on from your smartphone from anywhere in the home.
The technology promises to cater for any “urgent hot drink scenario”, enabling the user to remain on the sofa, or in bed in the morning, until the water is ready to pour.
Four different temperature settings also mean it can be programmed appropriately for the drink of choice – 80C for a green tea or 95C for a coffee, for instance.
Once boiled, a message on your smartphone will ask you if you are ready or would prefer to keep the water warm for a while.
The “wake” mode wakes you up to a phone message reading “Good Morning! Would you like me to pop the kettle on? Yes / No.”
Sold on Firebox, an online gifts and gadgets store, the devices arrive at the end of next month, priced at £99.99, and are currently available for pre-order.
The product description invites consumers to “embrace laziness and enjoy perfect hot drinks,” urging them: “Stop wasting time waiting for water to boil. Relax. Let the iKettle take care of you.”
The device features an automatic “shut off” with boil-dry protection, meaning an empty kettle cannot switched on to boil.
It remains to be seen whether the labour-saving new technology can reverse the flagging fortunes of kettles in general, however.
Figures earlier this year showed that demand for kettles in British households had dropped by more than seven per cent in the past five years, with sales falling from 8.1 million in 2007 to 7.5 million in 2012.