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The Instant Pot

Postby sonofscrotum » November 21st, 2017, 4:55 pm


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There have been so many failed start-ups in the kitchen appliance category the last few years, but the Instant Pot has been a runaway success. Sure, the industrial design could use some help, but it's hard to beat its practicality and engineering. I'm adding this to my Christmas wish list.

Who says nothing good comes out of Canada? :D


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Postby yo » November 21st, 2017, 9:44 pm

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I watched that this Sunday as well. A lot of the most classic kitchen appliances started as purely functional designs... though I don't know if this will ever get into the parthenon of trophy appliances that includes the Kitchenaide mixer, Dualit toaster, and Waring Waterfal blender.... but you never know.

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Postby cwatkinson » November 22nd, 2017, 10:41 am

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i liked my grandma's pressure cooker better - to many darn buttons on these new things.

maple syrup
pemeal bacon
john candy
strange brew
mike myers
poutine
frank gehry
alan alda
burton kramer
Richard Kuchinsky
Chevis Watkinson

shall i go on about how many more great things come out of Canada ;)

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Postby yo » November 22nd, 2017, 4:09 pm

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Looks like it needs an app :-)

Re: The Instant Pot

Postby sonofscrotum » November 24th, 2017, 4:56 pm


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cwatkinson wrote:i liked my grandma's pressure cooker better - to many darn buttons on these new things.

maple syrup
pemeal bacon
john candy
strange brew
mike myers
poutine
frank gehry
alan alda
burton kramer
Richard Kuchinsky
Chevis Watkinson

shall i go on about how many more great things come out of Canada ;)

Alan Alda was born in the great Canadian city of New York. :wink:

Re: The Instant Pot

Postby cwatkinson » November 25th, 2017, 12:47 pm

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opps.... well we thought we would take him in trade for Justin B. and celine dion ;)

Re: The Instant Pot

Postby louis leblanc » November 26th, 2017, 2:50 pm

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Well isn't this ironic, the video is not available in Canada.

Anyhow, I found this great and informative video from my government funded broadcaster. :lol:



I think the basis for the product certainly has wings. It replaces a bunch of usually cheaply made, painful and large products into a single item. Its really interesting that the product took off from grassroot marketing. Sure it's essentially the Tupperware model but it seems to go against the grain of a lot of technology products that get very large in your face marketing and publicity efforts in order to get mainstream acceptance. It's also a really interesting way to play social media to get acceptance to a disruptive product.

The design seems to be lacking, both aesthetically but especially in terms of user relation. It would be an interesting study on how it could have been done better. It seems part of the experience is giving the user something familiar to other products and the other part is to have all the functions available to the user.
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Postby sonofscrotum » November 28th, 2017, 3:37 pm


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I love that the Instant Pot has taken off without any of the fancy marketing tactics associated with some of the biggest failures in the consumer market. No big designer name, no fancy exotic materials or colors; just a useful clever device with good engineering.

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Postby yo » November 28th, 2017, 8:58 pm

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no touch screen
no multicolor display
no app
no high end banding
no highbrow design

Not every succesful product is a good design, and not every good design is a successful product.

Re: The Instant Pot

Postby cwatkinson » November 29th, 2017, 8:28 am

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There is always something to be said for taking a product that was very utilitarian, and works amazingly and do nothing more then truly simplify its use. i.e all that has truly been added is a simple timer per various items.

Although i did love waiting for the weight to start too wiggle and jiggle and whistle while at grandmas house. :wink:
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