TheBug is a bucket based water heater which re-examines the humble immersion rod.It is safer and more adaptable than the conventional immersion rod andintroduces an element of humour in the mundane act of heating a bucket of water.
Thetypical immersion rod is widely used, especially in the developing nations,where a continuous supply of running water is not always available. Theadditional costs of installing a geyser or a solar heater also tilt the scalesin favor of the immersion rod. However, the conventional immersion rod is notsuitable for plastic buckets and burn-outs or melt-downs are not uncommon.Neither does the conventional rod provide a user friendly physical interfacefor handling the appliance, particularly in its hot state. The Bug wasconceptualized as an alternative to the immersion rod which addresses thisunique usage scenario in a more user-friendly and playful manner.
Unlikethe conventional side-hung immersion rod, the Bug spans across the width of thebucket, eliminating the possibility of contact between the heating element andthe bucket. The unique segmented arm with ratcheted joints can be customized tofit different spans of the available bucket diameters and folded back when notin use. The sensor embedded in the "tail" automatically cuts off power supply in the absence of waterand above water temperatures of 45 degree celcius. Lastly the handle at the topprovides an easy and safe interface to handle the device without causing unduestrain to the power chord. All of this is achieved through form that invokes ahumorous allusion to water insects.