Yecup 365—A Self-Cooling and Heating MugBy John Davis - May 6, 2016
It’s scorching hot and you’re tired and sweaty. The first thing you want to do is have a drink of refreshingly cool water. So you pull out your water tumbler, set the desired temperature, wait for a few minutes, and voila! You have a refreshingly cold drink in your hands. Sound too science fictiony to be true? Apparently, it’s possible.
Yecup 365 Can Cool or Heat Your Drink
Yecup Technologies in San Francisco is creating a smart mug called the Yecup 365. The mug lets you control the temperature of its contents. And there are two ways you can do so. First, by using the two buttons on the mug’s lid. The buttons let you raise and lower the temperature or shut Yecup off. While the buttons won’t let you select an exact temperature, you will be able to see whether the liquid is hot or cold. If the Yecup logo on the mug is blue, the water is cold. If it’s red, the water is warm. If it’s green, Yecup is charging.
Your second option is to use a smartphone. By pairing Yecup 365 to your smartphone via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), you will be able to use the app to fine-tune your water (or other liquid) to the exact temperature you want. Upon release, Yecup will have an Android and iOS app ready and they are working on an Apple Watch app.
My biggest concern about Yecup 365 is its battery life. Heating and cooling takes up a lot of power, and I’m worried this will be battery draining. However, Yecup seems to be pretty confident about its battery life. So confident in fact, that they’ve given the mug the ability to charge phones and tablets. That’s right, Yecup 365 doubles as a power bank. Depending on usage, the mug can last for 3 to 10 hours with a fully charged battery. Charging takes 2 hours if you use the fast-charging adapter and 4 hours using the wireless charger, which is sold separately. The wireless charger comes with a DC adapter for cars. If you plug Yecup into your car, it heats or cools water twice as fast as it does when it charges wirelessly.
Finally, Yecup is durable. Both the water vessel inside and the outer body are made of stainless steel. It has a specialized airflow mechanism underneath the vessel to prevent overheating. The microprocessors and chips are hidden in the lowermost part of the mug, keeping them safe from water damage. And, the lid is made of BPA-free plastic and is spill-proof.
Where To Buy One
Yecup 365 is available in 2 sizes. The smaller size can hold 12 fl. oz. of liquid will retail for $180, but you can pre-order and save $65 (limited stock only). The larger mug can hold 14 fl. oz. It will retail for $200, but you can get it for as low as $150 if you pre-order now. Yecup 365 is open for pre-orders on their IndieGoGo page. Estimated time of shipping is September of this year.
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