Your morning cup of coffee is a cultural moment-- and an irresistible target for innovators and entrepreneurs. Coffee mugs come in an endless variety of designs, and are increasingly loaded with features of amusing, if not entirely practical, value: There's the Dunk Mug which includes a special compartment for holding cookies, and the Plug Mug which comes with, you guessed it, a removable plug-- so no one but the owner can use it. Two particularly delightful recent innovations in coffee muggery are featured below.
The first is a paternalistic cup called Nohot that won't let you drink until your beverage has cooled to a safe temperature. The top is made from a heat sensitive material that swells at high temperatures, obstructing your ability to sip, and flattens out once your coffee reaches 86 degrees. Cool as a concept; surely annoying as a product.
The second innovation is a heat harnessing coaster that turns your coffee mug into an alternative energy source. The Epiphany onE puck (currently raising money on Kickstarter) collects the dissipating heat from a hot drink (or the waning chill from a cold one) and uses it to charge your iPhone:
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