Engineer Designs Saucepan That Boils Water Ridiculously Fast

Published 07/18 2014 04:59PM

Updated 07/18 2014 05:01PM

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Item: Transferring the principles of jet engine design into the domestic kitchen is no small feat. Dr. Thomas Povey and a team of physics wizards at Oxford University rose to the task by building prototype after prototype—all of which had to withstand being lit on fire. Besides performance, they needed a design that wouldn’t alienate consumers by looking weird or unfamiliar. One of the earliest prototypes saw close to a 100% increase in performance (from utilizing just 25% of the flame’s energy) but it looked like something out of the movie Hellraiser. The end result was the “Flare Pot,” which uses 30% less energy to heat and is 50% more efficient than other kitchenware when calculating the time it takes to heat.

Why it Matters: Anything beyond two day shipping feels arcane to a lot of us, and when the Internet takes more than ten seconds to load a website—we’re history. Instant gratification has spoiled us online, and we’re slowly transitioning that level of speed to our daily lives. Some grocery stores are offering peeled oranges, potatoes and other foods that have prep times—and people are willing to pay higher prices just to instantaneously use them. Even online content is too long these days, as several people begin to lose interest in videos after 60-90 seconds. Constant connectivity may have brought us together, but it’s making us impatient.  

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