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Ember keeps your coffee at a desirable temperature for hours

This smartphone-controlled mug will let you enjoy your morning coffee at the perfect temperature with every sip.

For years, the deal with travel mugs have remained pretty much same. You pour some coffee or tea into a plastic tumbler, throw on a lid and head out the door. Over the course of your hour-long commute, its contents slowly loses its heat and before you know it, you arrive at the office or to class with a lukewarm beverage. With this in mind, one California-based startup has developed what they’re calling “the world’s first intelligent mug,” which allows you to enjoy your morning pick-me-up at a desirable temperature with every sip.


Not only will it keep your coffee or tea warm for hours, the Ember even cools down your scalding hot liquid to a more drinkable temperature. And we know what you’re all thinking, “Not another smart bottle!” But here’s the thing, unlike other connected containers, the mug was crafted for comfort and convenience while sipping on a beverage, not so much collecting data or quantifying consumption. Plus, it boasts a sleek, elegant and button-free design with most of its high-tech features tucked away.

Equipped with a built-in heating system, the Ember enables you to adjust the temperature by simply turning a dial at its base, upon which a hidden display will illuminate to indicate the degrees. The 12-ounce mug will then sustain that internal climate for about two hours while on the go, or all day long if placed on top of its companion charging coaster.


For those who rather not twist a dial, Ember can also pair with an accompanying smartphone app via Bluetooth. With the app, you can create presets for all of your favorites, control your coffee or tea remotely, and receive notifications whenever your drink has reached its ideal temperature.

However, inside is where all the magic happens. A proprietary passive cooling and an active heating system are embedded into Ember’s insulated walls, which are made of phase-change materials that allow the mug to warm and cool precisely. Meanwhile, a microprocessor and sensors are tasked with monitoring the coffee.


Though a built-in screen shows the temperature of your drink, the display seamlessly blends in with the surface of the mug, so it’s invisible when off. To turn it on, simply press a capacitive touch button behind the Ember logo. Beyond that, Ember’s lid features a push-to-open mechanism that securely seals in the liquid and prevents spills, along with a unique 360-degree design that lets you drink from any side.

And for the iced coffee or tea lovers out there, don’t worry, the mug keeps it cool in the same way that a standard travel mug does. Intrigued? Head over to Ember’s Indiegogo campaign, which blew right past its $50,000 goal. Delivery is slated for April 2016.

28 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 

Eora 3D


This high-precision 3D scanner is entirely powered by your smartphone, allowing you to capture physical objects and turn them into high-quality digital models. Eora 3D has already well exceeded its goal of $80,000 on Kickstarter.

The Things Network


This crowdsourced, LoraWAN-based IoT network will let developers build smart cities in just weeks. The Things Network is currently seeking $170,036 on Kickstarter.



This DIY kit gives Makers the ability to create and program their own origami-inspired, lightning-fast robots. Dash Robotics is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Revolights Eclipse


This set of wheel-mounted, Bluetooth-enabled bike lights are taking cycling safety to the next level. Revolights has already surpassed its $26,000 goal on Indiegogo.



This intelligent alarm clock/speaker integrates with a variety of apps like Spotify, Uber and Google Maps, as well as smart home appliances. Witti has blown right past its initial Kickstarter goal of $25,000.



This all-in-one, countertop brewing machine makes it simple to craft and experiment with your own beer recipes at home. MiniBrew is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.



This plug-in module transforms your old clunker into a smart car, increasing driver safety, convenience and fuel efficiency. VOYO is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

TinyBoy 2


This affordable, easy-to-assemble 3D printer is geared towards the classroom and encouraging kids to become Makers. TinyBoy is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.



This connected collar sends real-time location updates directly to an accompanying mobile app, providing you with your pet’s whereabouts via GPS. Nuzzle is currently seeking $75,000 on Indiegogo.

PhoneDrone Ethos


This device gives your smartphone wings, allowing you to deploy your iPhone or Android phone as an autonomous aerial camera. xCraft is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart, customizable companion goes to sleep with your little one and wakes up with them in the morning, ensuring they stay in bed until it’s time to get up. Remi is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This wireless MIDI controller offers access to hundreds of instruments, sound effects and loops by placing it on any acoustic guitar’s surface. Robin Sukroso has already quadrupled his goal of $45,435 on Kickstarter.



This smart car charger not only powers up your electronics at twice the speed of others, it’ll also help you find your car with its mobile app. nonda has surpassed its asking goal of $10,000 on Indiegogo.



This Bluetooth-embedded mug lets you sip your coffee or tea at the perfect temperature for up two hours, or all day when used with its charging coaster. Ember Technologies has already doubled its goal of $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This range of sensors can be placed throughout your home, giving you easy-to-understand information so you can take steps to improve your health. Beagle Sense is currently seeking $50,065 on Kickstarter.



This smart accessory for women emits a loud alarm when pressed, while sending text messages to loved ones with the wearer’s location. ROAR just hit their $40,000 goal on Indiegogo.



This 3D printer empowers families to make their own toys together right from home, with just a press of a button on their smartphone. Sculpto is currently seeking $22,835 on Kickstarter.



This Android computer in the form of stylish headphones lets you play music, launch apps, navigate menus and take pics via its touchpad or voice commands. Optinvent is currently seeking $150,000 on Indiegogo.



This earphones-equipped headband allows you to listen to music as you sleep for up to 13 hours on a single charge. AcousticSheep has tripled its original $10,000 goal on Kickstarter.



The little wearable gadget tracks the number of words your child says and hears each day to help boost their IQ. Starling has garnered well over its $30,000 Indiegogo goal.

Wearable Camera for Athletes


This first-of-its-kind, ultra-light wearable sports camera system is designed for athletes, by athletes, to help gain valuable insight and share cool highlights. Shea Kewin and Tim Priamo are currently seeking $30,962 on Kickstarter.



This portable Bluetooth speaker boasts four full-range drivers in front with two passive subwoofer dishes in the back to provide an audio experience like no other. Matrix Audio is currently seeking $38,682 on Kickstarter.



This smart button gives you a one-touch shortcut to the smartphone features you use most, whether it’s snapping selfies, sending emergency alerts, playing some tunes or triggering voice commands. CLIKI is currently seeking $35,000 on Indiegogo.

ePint Beer Mug


This LED and sensor-laden mug will illuminate your team’s favorite colors whenever they score, as well as light up when you’re in need of a refill. Xtreme Tech is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Goldilocks Analogue


This board is bringing sophisticated audio capabilities to the Arduino environment. Phillip Stevens is currently seeking $5,821 on Kickstarter.



This DIY robot kit features a graphical software interface that lets children learn programming and computational thinking. OhBot is currently seeking $15,475 on Kickstarter.



This on-board gateway and server enables traditional NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 marine electronic equipment to interface with the newly-developed, open source Signal K platform. Digital Yacht is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.

Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out here.