The team behind TheM, a PCM-powered warming trivet touted on Indiegogo a few years back, has finally scrapped the idea.
The team fell far short of its goal of raising $30,000 on the crowdfunding in 2015. Technical challenges, combined with unspecified "medical problems," proved to be too much.
In the team's first Indiegogo update since April 2016, team member Bobby Bedi recently wrote:
"Have been trying to validate the Thermal Dining Place Mat using PCM as heat sponge. Application concept for the PCM (Phase Change Material) was to initially store excess heat from the oven hot dish, and then to transfer heat when dish starts cooling to maintain food at a enjoyable temperature of 35 C for 30 minutes+.
"Unfortunately despite trying different Phase Change Materials the concept failed. Heat transfer from very hot dish to PCM was negative. The only other way was to add a heater which would have defeated the original concept. Project was also negatively funded and after investing another $10K from my end need to close this and find another solution to this want of keeping food hot without external heating wires."
Bedi said he would try to issue refunds to any of the project's 48 backers who would like their money back.