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Inventor creates mug that keeps drinks at 'perfect temperature' for 30 minutes

An inventor has created a mug that keeps your drink hot at the "perfect temperature" for 30 minutes.

Thomas Gostelow from Chorlton has designed the world’s first fine china heated smart mug.

The Glowstone Mug Credit: MEN Syndication

And he thinks it could spell the end of that irritating trip to the microwave for millions of drinkers whose brew has gone tepid.

The Glowstone looks and feels like any other mug but it automatically keeps drinks at the perfect temperature.

Thomas hopes a crowdfunding campaign will get his prototypes into full production and hopes to create jobs for skilled local engineers.

Thomas Gostelow from Chorlton has designed the world’s first fine china heated smart mug. Credit: MEN Syndication

The product designer first came up with the idea two years ago after buying a coffee machine.

“The coffee tasted great and the process of brewing meant it came out at the ideal temperature, but that only lasted for the first couple of sips. “In addition, I would get distracted and forget about it until it went cold. “I tried heated metal and plastic mugs but didn’t like how they changed the taste. “I couldn’t find a heated fine china mug anywhere so I decided to invent one.”

– Thomas Gostelow

A tiny heater, wirelessly recharged batteries and electronics are hidden inside the dishwasher-proof smart mug.

It can be wirelessly recharged by placing it onto a Qi coaster, which can also charge smart phones.

The mug then switches off when it detects that the last sip has gone or after 30 minutes.

The mug can be wirelessly recharged by placing it onto a Qi coaster, which can also charge smart phones. Credit: MEN Syndication

Thomas spent 18 months sourcing parts, developing the electronics and refining the idea with friends and family before making a prototype. He said: “The results were better than expected. Not only was it keeping my drinks hot, they seemed to taste better.

“I don’t really enjoy tea and coffee any more out of a normal mug. “We’re onto version four and while we’ve added useful features. We’ve kept it simple and made the mug fully automatic. “All you have to do is charge it – the mug does everything else, apart from wash itself.”