HEATWORKS TETRA CONNECTED DISHWASHER
10 Minutes by Machine - Faster by Hand
Heatworks, the maker of the rather clever Model 3 tankless water heater, retained the noted industrial design firm Frog Design, to work with them on a new consumer product using their Ohmic Array water heating tech.
The result is the Tetra, an app-controlled and connected countertop dishwasher, designed for small apartments and even smaller households.
At first glance, this good-looking, high-tech dishwasher is a no-brainer for the average bachelor apartment but then read the details.
The Tetra uses just a half gallon of water per cycle, but you have to fill compartment one by hand with tap water and detergent, then you arrange the dish slots, then you load the dishes and then when it is finished, you have to pour away the used water.
That seems pretty labour intensive for a machine that costs $299 ($380 AUD) and washes just two place settings.
In the GadgetNET test labs, I washed and dried two plates, two bowls, two glasses and assorted cutlery in less than 5 minutes. I swear my brain was connected throughout and I didn’t need an app.
The product itself is gorgeous and the water heating technology, Heatworks Ohmic Array is quite radical, using graphite electrodes instead of traditional elements to heat and deliver pure water.
For hours of after-dinner fun, you can sit and monitor your wash using the Tetra app, adjust the cycles, water pressure and start the machine remotely. The washer can plug into any power outlet, and no plumbing is required, but as above you have to fill and empty the machine.
Founder & CEO Jerry Callahan said:
Powered by Heatworks’ patented Ohmic Array Technology, our products do not use traditional metal heating elements. Instead, through graphite electrodes and advanced electronic controls, the naturally occurring minerals in water are excited, directly and efficiently heating the water. Nothing gets hotter than the water itself, resulting in zero scaling and corrosion.
Projected at $299 USD (approx AU$380) the Heatworks Tetra will be available late 2018.
GadgetNET says: A great idea and a very good looking product, but we think washing by hand is easier and faster. If you hate rubber gloves though?
For more information visit Heatworks.
Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.
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