This $150 iKettle needs your iPhone to boil water

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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

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