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Karim Rashid has come up with a new gadget that is supposedly a wonder-device for parents. This bottle can heat up milk to body temperature without the use of electricity, so that parents and babies on the go can still enjoy warm milk during meal time. The notion that a pleasant meal can be provided to babies while out and about without the need for electricity is appealing; however, we have some questions. Gizmodo points us towards the iiamo Go, a device that heats up baby milk using a disposable capsule that contains water and salt. As the salt is re-hydrated, heat is generated, which in turn heats up the milk.
According to Rashid, "iiamo go is the only bottle in the world with this unique combination of a portable, non-electrical, throw-away organic heating cartridges (iiamo warm) and a patented heating technology that is integrated into the bottle itself. The process is very simple. Pour the mother's milk, formula or milk powder in the bottle; insert the cartridge in the bottom of the bottle and then just push, wait a few minutes and serve the milk."
Yet, how is the temperature of the milk regulated by the process? Can it be stopped when the milk reaches the desired heat, if it actually ever does? And putting the science of if it actually works aside, it does indeed look more like something you'd pick up at Good Vibrations rather than Babies R Us. That alone will be disconcerting to parents browsing for bottles.
As one commenter on Dezeen aptly states, "It has the usual Rashid bulbous quality. I have to say I find it off-putting and not food-appropriate - it looks more reminiscent of feminine hygiene or a sex toy. The technical concept is great, but I find the aesthetic execution poor. And is the disposable capsule made of plastic? Is it recyclable? I have one word for Rashid: "Plastics."
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