Everyone enjoys a hot mug of drink but most often than not, we are faced with the unfortunate event of a tongue burn. It leaves the tip of the tongue in a bad state and ruins our capacity to enjoy delicacies to its fullest. With gadgets flying around in thin air and our bodies equipped with many more, how about adding one more to the palette.

Tongue Burns _ People of all ages fail to read the temperature at numerous instances.

The TRIGGER MUG is conceived as a simple addition to a hot drink cup/mug/paper cup, etc. that has a proximity sensor and a temperature sensor with a few LEDs to give us a visual signal to the degree of heat trapped inside the drink. Whether the drink is safe for consumption or requires further cooling will be highlighted by the blinking of a few LEDs. The Proximity sensor will detect a moving object and the Temperature sensor will read the conducted temperature of the liquid onto the mug. The Yellow LED will signal an approaching object, the Green LED will indicate a safe temperature for consumption while the Red LED will warn the oncoming individual to wait for the drink to cool down.

Schematic Flow Diagram of the Trigger Mug

Trigger Mug _ Bill of Materials

As humans, we are quite adaptive but standardization reduces diversity. Thus, the temperature sensors can be calibrated on an individual scale which will bring a flexibility amongst users. Location, size and strategic positioning of these devices can lead to a new dimension towards the product designing of these mugs. People across a varied age group can greatly benefit from this minute addition to an already existing product.

Trigger Mug _ Prototype

Trigger Mug _ Arduino Sketch

Trigger Mug_Drawings

Trigger Mug _ Possible Future

The Trigger Mug has the potential to provide us with a visual signal that can possibly reduce the number of accidents that are usually associated with a hot liquid.


TRIGGER MUG is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Masters in Advanced Architecture (MAA 01), 2021/22 in the course Introduction to Programming & Physical Computing by-

Student: Rishaad Mohammad Yusuff

Faculty: Angel Muñoz , Cristian Rizzuti and Bernat Morato