Here’s a brilliant bit of design thinking for hot drink fans. The Perk is a travel mug that transforms into a French press for making coffee, a tea infuser and an electric kettle.
It works by using three interchangeable lids (one for tea, one for the French coffee press and a travel lid to keep your drink safely stowed on the go) and an electric heating base.
The most interesting thing about the Perk is how it was created. Using the Quirky website, which takes product ideas and uses its community to develop them, Brian Wethington’s idea of a faster boiling kettle evolved into what we can see today.
The crowd-sourced design effort didn’t manage to create a quicker boil but the 605 people who collaborated on perk managed to develop a solution that puts the boiling, brewing and travel features of several products together in one place.
Perk is double-walled to avoid scalded fingers while travelling and the electric heating base has a safety shut off to make it easy to run straight out of the door with your morning coffee without having to worry.
You can see the discussion process that produced Perk here and buy your own from the Quirky store now for a presale price of $37.99.
The only catch is that the product needs 1500 people to commit to buying one before it heads to manufacturing. Currently 109 people have committed to grabbing one, so it has a little way to go.