Ember first began selling its temperature control Travel Mug back in 2015, allowing customers to personally control the temperature of their favorite hot beverage from their smartphone, and keep the drink hot for as long as an hour when it wasn’t sitting on a charging pad. Ember also sells the Ceramic Mug, which provides all of the same benefits of the Travel Mug but in a size and shape that’s aimed for use in your home or at your office.
I’ve had the chance to test the Ceramic Mug over the last few weeks, following an announcement that Ember’s mugs now calculate your approximate caffeine intake and sync it to Apple’s Health app, and are now being sold in Apple stores. In that time, I’ve found the device to be a helpful companion for my daily cups of tea and coffee, although there are some aspects of its design that will hinder its usefulness in the long run.
Setup is largely a breeze with Ember’s mugs; all I had to do was power on the Ceramic Mug, plug in the charging coaster to the included AC adapter with a barrel plug, and set the mug on it to fuel it up. Using the Ember iOS app, I searched for and found the mug, paired it, named it, and customized its front-facing LED color.