Self-Filling Water Pitcher Keeps Your Glass Half Full

GE's FirstBuild microfactory is only a day old, and it's already changed our lives for the better.

If your household is anything like mine, you'll frequently open your fridge to find an empty pitcher of water that someone forgot to refill.

Well, a new self-filling water pitcher promises to put an end to lukewarm water. It's a product of GE Appliances' FirstBuild microfactory, and it's set to debut later this year.

Unlike a through-the-door water dispenser, GE's self-filling water pitcher can be retrofitted to existing fridges. The product uses magnets to make sure the pitcher is securely in place before refilling, and a simple float valve keeps water from spilling all over your fridge.

GE will be providing instructions for installing the kit on GE-built fridges, and fridges with the pitcher pre-installed will be on sale on the FirstBuild website. It's easiest to install in a fridge that already has an icemaker kit, because the water lines are already there.

Once installed, there's room for a six-cup pitcher that sits on the fridge's top shelf. It takes up some storage space, but I think it's a worthy tradeoff for a guarantee of cold water.

Because the project came out of the FirstBuild microfactory, it will initially be built in low volumes—as low as a few thousand, with plans available online ready for 3D printing on a MakerBot. If sales take off, and a business case can be made, there's a chance that it will go into wider production.

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