When Nils Chudy, a 24-year-old designer from Germany, wanted to create a new type of electric kettle, he was shocked at how little this kitchen staple had changed over the years. In an interview with The Guardian, he said that he wanted to change the look of the appliance, but more importantly, make it more energy efficient. Enter the Miito kettle.
Chudy wasn’t kidding about creating a different-looking kettle. The Miito actually comes in two parts. All you need to do is fill your mug with water, place it directly onto the circular heating base and put a rod that could double as Harry Potter’s wand into the liquid. The base heats the rod, which then heats the liquid. The Miito is capable of warming up soup, coffee, as well as baby food.
The average amount of water needed for a cup of tea is about 250 ml, but the minimum fill line of most kettles is 500 ml. This means that 50 percent of the water is being wasted. Chudy told The Guardian that for him, it is “less about wasting water because — especially in the middle European area — there is a lot of water,” and more about energy efficiency, because electric kettles need so much power.
“It’s been calculated that in one day of extra energy use of boiling kettles is enough to light all of the streetlights in England for a night,” a Miito video explains.
However, in other parts of the world, like California, severe drought is a major concern. On Wednesday, The Los Angeles Times reported that Gov. Jerry Brown announced “the first mandatory water restrictions in California history.” The Miito could help play a role in water conservation in many California households.
The designers hope that their product will be on shelves by 2016, according to The Huffington Post. So far, the Miito has been financed by friends and family, but a crowdfunding campaign will be the next step.
Learn more about the Miito at their website and in the video below:
Top photo courtesy of Miito’s Facebook page