FOG.

Fog is a desktop heating system for tea, coffee, and hot water drinkers alike. It is intended to hold 12 oz of liquid.

Design Spring 2019.

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Fog combines smooth transitional surfaces with hard edges, maintaining a balanced but reactive aesthetic.

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The lid is a co-molded gloss finished material, and a harder matte material, providing structure, and security when sealed. The gloss finish on the lid creates an easy wipe surface, and its conical form directs liquid back towards the drinking opening.

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The mug integrates a steel outer unit, and a ceramic inner unit, creating insulation between the two. The ceramic portion of the container ensures that the taste of the beverage is not altered by the container.

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THE PROBLEM.

In a mug, a hot beverage only remains at perfect drinking temperature for a matter of minutes before going cold. A traditional sealed insulated tumbler can retain heat for too long, resulting in the beverage remaining well above drinking temperature.

Many users of current top-selling beverage temperature control products, such as the Ember, and other temperature control travel tumblers, face issues with cleaning, bulkiness, interface complexity, and even aesthetic. Desktop coffee heating pads lack interface and quality for functionality.

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battery life issues

delamination

inefficient

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battery life issues

inconvenient charging

not safe for dishwasher

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primitive interface

safety issues

aesthetic

 
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The form of the base to reacts to the placement of the mug, inspired by a ripple.

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The base of Fog is divided by matte and gloss finishes.

INTUITIVE INTERFACE.

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IGNITE.

Inspired by a igniting a traditional gas stove, haptic feedback engages the user when the deepest point of the depression is touched. The LED lighting flashes like a newly lit flame. Fog is now activated.

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ADJUST.

Ambient lighting shows that heating is in progress. As the user moves their finger from left to right across the interface, the LED lit portion under the mug unit increases in brightness, like a stove top flame. The brighter ambient lighting, the higher the desired temperature. Using the interface on the matte surface, the user can determine their preferred drinking temperature ranging from 120 degrees to 140 degrees.

 

When the ambient light begins to rhythmically pulse, the mug has reached the user’s desired temperature. Leaving the mug unit on the base will maintain the desired temperature. The insulated mug unit and lid help maintain the internal temperature of its contents.

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Fog can be adjusted using the IOS app and Apple Watch interface. Slide/Scroll to set the desired temperature. When the temperature stops blinking, the drink has reached the desired temperature. Tap “set” to maintain Fog at the desired temperature.

 
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SAFETY.

When the mug unit is removed from the base after heating, the ambient LEDs glow red, indicating a hot surface. The red lighting fades as the heating plate cools down and becomes safe to handle. The hot plate can only be activated when the mug unit is in contact with its surface.

 
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A cutout on the exterior and lid accommodates tea bag strings.

 

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