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Seeing the future of kettles...
Seeing the future of kettles...
  

Let's Re-Imagine The Kettle… With A Smarter Vision..

The Electric Kettle is quite simply the world's most versatile beverage maker used by millions of people, every day. We use it to make our favourite hot drinks and share moments with our loved one's, friends and colleagues, essentially the Kettle has the power to connect us. 

We are extremely passionate about technology, hot drinks, sharing and connecting moments together and that is why we created Appkettle to be:

Convenient, Timesaving, Useful, Beautiful and Simple for Everyone.

Appkettle is the world's first kettle with volume and temperature linked to your app in real-time. This allows you to interact, see and control Appkettle's temperature, volume, timings and energy usage.

Appkettle at home...
Appkettle at home...
Within the development of Appkettle we carefully considered it's practicality and usefulness for application in everyday living and to ensure maximum benefit to the following users:

User benefits have been carefully considered..
User benefits have been carefully considered..

How Can Appkettle Benefit You?

Gadget Lovers

You're in good company, Appkettle consists of gadget and technology enthusiasts, that have a strong passion for connecting and implementing technology to create lasting benefit. 

No 'gimmicks', 'app for that' or 'blind remote control' we actively seek to integrate and future proof Appkettle hardware and software for seamless multi-user interaction, benefit and connection within your homes, offices and with the technology you love. 

  • Standard Home Platform - Appkettle works through WiFi and will be developed onto the Apple HomeKit platform and Android. This solution is efficient, safe and secure for enabling communication between multiple smart home products and the user.
  • Real-time User Interface - All users can see kettle usage, schedule and make selections through the appkettle app. 
  • Cloud Based Architecture - It is our intention, on achieving the required stretch goal to integrate Appkettle's functionality into a cloud system. This would support remote connection outside of WiFi connectivitiy and allow control through 3G/4G, dynamic multi-user and preference control, external connectivity, distance-time relationships and more..
  • You Save Time - According to Which? approximate statistics, Brits boil 1,378 times a year with the average kettle taking one minute and 27 seconds to boil (2 cups). Appkettle will help reduce 33 hours of waiting to near zero. More time for you to enjoy and with perfect tasting beverages. 

Tea and Hot Beverage Lovers

We love tea and hot drinks generally and we wanted to make it as simple as possible for anyone to pick their favourite drink temperature and improve taste. That's why we developed the app with a single temperature slide, tap and touch interface:

  • Pick A Temperature - Select Any Beverage Temperature.  
  • Schedule - Pick any time, any day and the beverage temperature to suit you
  • Brew Timing - understand brew times and automate the timer to run just after removing the kettle from the base. 
  • Save Preferences - Save your favourite beverage name and temperature, then schedule with a tap of your finger ready for your next brew moment. 
  • Improve Taste - Set the kettle to boil and cool for the exact drink temperature, to remove any potential impurities within the water, maximising taste and flavour..
The Perfect Cuppa, Simplified.
The Perfect Cuppa, Simplified.

Parent's with young infants

We understand that being time starved, whilst raising a child can be a tough and tiring job. That's why we want to simplify infant formula milk preparation by using Appkettle's volume, temperature and scheduling capability (Baby Bottle Feature), so that it can help with infant formula milk preparation and save you time

  • Set Feed Time - Pick any time, any day.
  • Scheduled Cool Down - Appkettle boils and cools for time selected.
  • Prepare Baby Bottle - On arrival make up a baby bottle
  • Finish - Quickly cool bottle under tap, check temp on wrist and feed

All completed on arrival with the kettle at the perfect formula temperature, no waiting required.. 

Energy Saver's 

Although the electric kettle is one of the most efficient ways to heat water, it consumes energy at the higher rate for domestic appliances. In Appkettle we provide each user on the app with temperature, volume and energy information and controls to reduce their overall energy consumption and any wasteful over-heating.  

See waste, usage and save energy
See waste, usage and save energy
  • Unnecessary Re-heating - How many times have you boiled a kettle and then forgotten about it, then reboiled it 5 mins later.. Now with the connected app, simply check the temperature and stop re-heating when not required. 
  • Reduce Heating Temperature - Did you know that many tea's and coffee's taste better with improved flavour at temperatures less then the boiling point of water? Pick any lower temperature with Appkettle and save energy. 
  • Energy Monitoring - Did you know that averagely in the UK we boil a kettle 1,378 times per year (according to Which? data) at 2.5p (≈3.5 cups full) per boil, it would cost approximately £34.45/year. Appkettle lets you monitor, reduce and check usage through the app, in real-time. 
  • Wasteful Over-heating - Appkettle's senses when you remove and replace the jug to it's base. If the water temperature hasn't changed and volume is left in, this denotes overheating. Appkettle will advise in reducing this cost.
  • Learning New Habits - When given temperature, volume and energy usage in the app, you have all the tools and awareness, to stop wasteful overheating of water. This will help you learn new energy saving behaviours. 

Other Important Benefits 

Packed Full of Useful Features and Potential...

Appkettle has developed over the past 3 years with each feature carefully considered to provide the most benefit, whilst providing simple, effective and intuitive kettle control for all users.

For Kickstarter Backer Understanding and Clarity - Each of the following features have functionality developed into our completed Appkettle prototypes:

Temperature and Volume

 

Smart Scheduling


True kettle scheduling, not just a notification alarm. Set times and beverage preferences to suit you
True kettle scheduling, not just a notification alarm. Set times and beverage preferences to suit you
 
Drink Timing and Control 

Appkettle's smart scheduling enables you to set beverage types for any time in the day or night. It uses temperature and volume information to heat and allow for cooling as necessary to suit your drink requirements. The App then notifies you, keeps it warm or you can simply arrive at the kettle for the time selected. 

Scheduling is linked with other powerful functionality such as: 

  • Reminders,  
  • Brew Timers
  • Infant formula Cool-down (Baby Bottle), 
  • Scheduled Tea cool-down and 
  • Saving individual user preferences.

Our development will include these features in the app and allow for user definable controls. 

Energy 

 Energy WiFi and Energy Cloud Feature:

 Illumination Heat Link  

The Feature Links:
  • The Kettle temperature to colour illumination on the App and in the Kettle
  • This feature could save the user energy and time provides any user simply by looking at the colour in the App or at the kettle. 

Safety 

Prevention for Accidental Heating

With smart remote functionality, safety is a key priority. Our hardware and software prevents the kettle being turned on accidentally, it also includes dry boil protection

Also, in being able to see who’s using it and the current jug volume we have developed the safest smart kettle available.

For Kickstarter Backer Understanding and Clarity - Each of the following features are to be developed into Appkettle, with the attainment of our required pledge and stretch goals:

Brew Round (WiFi)

The Appkettle Brew Round WiFi feature is a basic version of the cloud enabled feature it:

  • Sends notifications out to multiple users connected to an Appkettle within a home or office to notify all users to ask whether they would like a beverage.
  • Drink requests can then be taken by the primary user and a notification will then be sent out when they are ready, so all users can share a brew together.

Standard Home Platform 

Appkettle will be developed on HomeKit (iOS) smart home platform and Android (other platforms to be made available). 

It will open the potential of using smartwatch, voice, car and TV integration for Appkettle as standard. 

The Cloud - A Whole New World of Possibility..

Appkettle WiFi is pretty smart, however without a cloud system it is unable to link users together. This limits Appkettle's functionality in managing multiple user's, their preferences, sharing and communicating.

With your pledge support, we will develop the Appkettle Cloud, this will unlock the following:

In the Beginning...

Appkettle's hardware and software design began in 2011, with a single purpose; to create the world's most beautiful, effective and intuitive water heater control through the application of mobile communication technology.

Early concept and designs
Early concept and designs

Through the development of the Appkettle prototypes, we began to evolve the scientific, practical and premium relationship of Appkettle within the aesthetics to our final registered design. 

Final Registered Appkettle Design
Final Registered Appkettle Design

Appkettle's final design is a smooth, continuous form factor consisting of a stainless steel body and base, a soft touch handle with lid release and a large water window for displaying Appkettle's beautiful LED colours. 

The design continually evolved alongside Appkettle's functionality, to ensure the product remained truly efficient, innovative and yet strikingly beautiful

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Appkettle's hardware uses:
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g wireless networking, 
  • Volumetric measurement  
  • Temperature measurement and LED sensors, all linked through an advanced 360 degree optical IR interface connector. 
  • (Please see Rewards section for full Appkettle specifications).

This enables efficientsafesecure and reliable two way wireless communication in the jug, base and the mobile app. Appkettle includes patented connector sense technologies and a patented mobile user control philosophy. 

Real-time Monitoring and Control 


  • App User Feedback - Appkettle software interprets sensor data for changes in temperature, volume and kettle usage. It then display's this to the user in real-time on the app.  
  • Temperature - Heat demand is measured and software algorithms interpret data for resistance to the water in Appkettle, giving real-time temperature feedback to the user on the App.  Accuracy upto +/- 1oC /33oF
  • Volume is measured as resistance in the jug base circuit assembly to derive mass. Weight logic was then developed for kettle application and use. Accuracy upto +/- 30mm/30cc in 360 Degree Movement of Jug.

Optical Communication Interface

Intelligent connector and controls inside Appkettle
Intelligent connector and controls inside Appkettle
  • 360 degree optical communication between appliance and Appkettle's cordless base. 
  • Multidirectional optical communication receive and transmit user controls and app information in real-time. 
  • Safe, meets safety standards for household electrical appliances. 
  • Washable - connector safe to partially or immerse in water for cleaning. 
  • Robust technology - Connector and control's already used in other appliances within the home.  
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Let's start off by saying thank you for your interest in to Appkettle, the world's smartest and most beneficial kettle. 

Your rewards for achieving Appkettle fund goals:

All pledgers of £79.99 or above (price dependant on how quick you are to pledge) secures you the first ever Appkettle. 

Update - As of 23rd April, if we hit the fund goal, we have added incentive to upgrade the Appkettle model to the most premium option.  This is possible through recent negotiations with our manufacturer given the level of funding that we have so far; and we really are passionate about getting EVERYTHING WE CAN FOR OUR BACKERS, we feel your support is invaluable and want Appkettle's final design to become reality. 

Please push those you know and may back the project to help us get to the finish line.


Introducing: Appkettle WiFi 

Pledged Amount: Not Applicable - All backers upgraded to premium cloud model if fund goal reached. 
Estimated Delivery: December 2015 - February 2016 - Backer pledges first come first served. 

Introducing: Appkettle Premium WiFi

Pledged Amount: Not Applicable - All backers upgraded to premium cloud model if fund goal reached.
Estimated Delivery: January 2015 - March 2016 - Backer pledges first come first served.

Introducing: Appkettle Cloud

Pledged Amount: Not Applicable - All backers upgraded to premium cloud model if fund goal reached.
Estimated Delivery: December 2015 - February 2016 - Backer pledges first come first served.

Introducing: Appkettle Premium Cloud 

Pledged Amount: £165,000 - If Fund Goal Reached. 
Estimated Delivery: January 2016 - March 2016 - Backer pledges first come first served. 

 All Rewards:

Stretch Goals 

 Our Road To Kickstarter

Appkettle began in late 2011 with a vision; to improve the daily use and benefits of an electric kettle, by including technology in kettle’s that would make it simple for users to connect, share and use kettles through their mobile devices. 

Over the next two years we carefully advanced Appkettle’s concept, our granted intellectual property and established a key lasting relationship with Otter Controls Ltd a world renowned developed partner in kettle controls and connectors.

After receiving granted intellectual property and technology investment in 2014, Appkettle soon progressed through engineering validation testing and prototyping. 

Once complete in Mid 2014, Appkettle attended trade shows in China, America, Germany and the UK. 

This now leads us to present day and our Kickstarter project:

We want to believe that something different can happen and we hope that the Kickstarter community can see with Appkettle that we’ve considered and care about multiple users, more benefits and how it connects with the world around us. 

As technology purists, we wanted to give the best possible user experience in Appkettle and give the benefit of it’s creativity to the world.

We hope you share our vision for more useful home connected products and pledge today.

Thank you,

The Appkettle Team. 


Meet The Appkettle Development Team 

Appkettle’s foundations were built from it's two co-founders Robert and Richard Hill that have a combined 20 years award winning project management, engineering and design experience. 

Since our early beginning’s, Appkettle has been developed through a collective group of leading and talented engineers, designers, and project partners based from all over the world. 

Our completed prototypes and Appkettle’s future progress will be alongside our main development and project partner Otter Controls Ltd, one of the world’s leading control and connector suppliers used in millions of products that people use and love every day.

The Next Steps.. 

For Appkettle’s final development stage, we have selected a manufacturing partner that create the world’s most premium household appliances, this is so to ensure Appkettle has a superior build quality to last and is used by more people throughout the world.  

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Risks and challenges

The Appkettle is the world's most advanced kettle, with a unique level of complexity that leaves us dependent on our supply chain and development partners. For creating Appkettle, we have secured premium, quality and world leading development and manufacturing partners. These well established partners have been creating products that you will most certainly own and use in your homes, offices, on your drive, or plugged into your wall somewhere.

Pre-Kickstarter and over the last year, we have already moderated the risks by assessing the technical performance required and taken the necessary steps to achieve them. We have also considered classic lead time/availability issues that directly affect our completion date.

Experts in rigorous approval processes: Hazard Analysis, Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA and Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DFMA), Appkettle and partners will use a lean approach for product development and reduce costs whilst accelerating project time to reach you quicker.

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    ‘BREW’ PACKAGE - 
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    CHOSEN FEW: Be one of the privileged few to own the world’s smartest kettle and a supporter of the future of smart technology. This great offer is for our earliest backers — get in early not to miss out. A massive £40 Saving off the suggested retail price of £119.99. Also receive newsletter updates of the progress through to the first kettle being made!!

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Still a great chance to get in early to own the world’s smartest kettle. An exciting offer for all early backers. An impressive £30 Saving off the suggested retail price of £119.99. Also receive newsletter updates of the progress through to the first kettle being made!!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Missed the super early bird? – Still at a wonderful price; this fantastic offer is for all those wanting to not only receive an Appkettle, but also be part of something that will change the future of kettles. Receive a lucrative £20 Saving off the suggested retail price of £119.99. Also receive newsletter updates of the progress through to the first kettle being made!!

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    *NEW* THE CHOSEN BREW PACKAGE: For this pledge, you receive a stylish branded mug, a selection of fine teas and a 'chosen few' priced Appkettle! This is an unbeatable value package, that has been specially created from a current backer request.
    Thank you for your support!
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    THE SMART KETTLE: The offer extends to a £10 Saving off the suggested retail price of £119.99 being one of the first to receive your in-demand Appkettle, well before it arrives on the world’s shelves.

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    BEST OF BRITISH SELECTION: Be a true connoisseur and receive an elegant tea hamper with your Appkettle, with a full selection of quality teas for you to indulge. The premium option for those who want the full tea making experience.

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    THE ‘VISION’ PACKAGE – Be chosen to attend a Seminar in the North of England, where the Appkettle creators will showcase the prototype in its fully working state, giving you a full demonstration on how the product was developed, an insight into the future of Appkettle Ltd and potentially look at incorporating your ideas for improving the product prior to launch. Obviously it also means you purchase one of the first Appkettle’s to be on the market. Oh and if that isn’t enough, the spread of tea, coffee and cake may just tempt you in, make the ‘smart’ decision! On your journey home for you to share with family and friends you will get a complimentary goodie bag after the seminar!
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    TEA MULTI BUNDLE – Kit out your office to move into the new technological age with 4 Appkettle’s, 10 branded Appkettle Mugs and Coasters and 4 Travel Mugs including a fine tea hamper selection.

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    PREMIUM PACKAGE – For the truly premium backer, the opportunity to customize your very own Appkettle. This includes the choice of colour for the handle, base and controls. It also includes personalisation of the jug chassis with inscription and certification. One of the Appkettle founders will also deliver your kettle to you personally (UK only). And to make sure you feel properly looked after, you have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the ‘vision’ package; being invited to the insightful development seminar, alongside the Appkettle creators! The premium opportunity to enjoy the entire personal experience..

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Funding period

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