This $150 iKettle needs your iPhone to boil water

Boiliing water is a simple procedure. Humans have done it for thousands of years, and it involves two simple steps - 1/ add water and 2/ heat it up. Not in 2017, though, when everything has to be connected to the Internet, and preferably controlled via an app, otherwise it can't charge a premium for its existence.

Enter the iKettle that fulfills that non-existent need for morning notifications from your water heater. The contraption is just entering the US market, and can be found for $150 at places like Best Buy, but you need to pair it with an iPhone so that the iKettle can truly shine as a variable temperature heater. Well, apart from its tall, stainless steel body with no buttons on it, but with the obligatory LED lights.

There is only one button on the base, and it can be programmed for a specified temperature, other than that you would need the kettle to connect to your Wi-fi network, and pair with your iPhone, so that you can tell it to heat up water at different temps. Remember Juicero, the $400 connected juicer that went belly up not long ago as it turned out you can squeeze the liquid with your bare hands better? 

Well, the iKettle is more useful than this one, but it still requires some voodoo magic to pair your iPhone with its flipped-over base, and make sure it is on a 2.4GHz Wi-fi network, before you start heating water from your warm bed in the morning, and get up when you receive a notification that the process is finished. Well, that last part sounds nice, actually, but, seriously, iKettle, $150 to go via the Internets to boil water, and I still have to pour it in? Just what nobody needs, but we bet that any problem with your kettle can be fixed with a software update, and customer service is nice to talk to.

source: iKettle (Best Buy) via MacRumors



2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'll keep my $20 stove top kettle. Smart appliances like toasters and coffee pots are ridiculous, all you really get is a bigger price tag for making the switch.

4. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

I'd actually like a locally connected coffee pot that integrates with Samsung connect. Would be amazing to simply say good morning to Bixby after my alarm rings and have a whole bunch of tasks automated while I prep for work, including having my coffee ready. Though would still need to remember to put the coffee filter and beans in it so it's ready for brewing in the morning...probably could do that first when I'm going to take my coffee. As for smart toaster, yeah, there's really no point to it...

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I won't argue with such a valid point even if I don't like it lol.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

There are several coffee makers that compatible with google home or IFTTT. But if you stuck with samsung connect, probably next year samsung will make smart coffee maker (since they already make smart microwave, oven, refrigerator, stoves, dishwasher, and other kitchen stuffs)

12. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Just pay someone named Bixby to do all that for you :-)

13. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I think they make coffee pots with timers so they brew your coffee automatically in the morning.

3. jojon

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

...any moderately well adjusted iphone owner would not be seen dead with this.

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

There are already toons of products that use apps in phones. My favorite concept is a Xiaomi rice cooker, where you can select your type of rice and how much you wana cook it. It sends you notification when the meal is ready. You know usefull stuff, not something that can be replaced by a one button like on this iCattle ...

7. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

Lol, next stop- our toilets would need FaceID verification to flush, so u can be sure who was in the restroom last

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It will be sh*tty when faceID fail.. literally

10. ehsanxia

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 14, 2017

thank you so much

11. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I have a coffee maker and a kettle. Both have only one button, the on/off switch. Boiling water is really that simple.

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