Meet Kim and Ben
Kim and Ben both struggle to make tea for themselves in different ways. 
Kim has a busy schedule before work, and often forgets her over-steeped tea on the counter. Ben is currently learning to cope with the loss of fine motor skills due to arthritis. He is worried about pouring hot water and is using adaptive mugs.
View a video of my functional Arduino prototype that I used to steep my tea in South Korea.
Kim and Ben's aesthetic tastes fall on a spectrum from formal/mechanical to simple/artistic. 
The loose "thinky" sketches below helped me rapidly seek forms that would appeal to both.
Pour. Twist. Ready!
The Tea Machine by Elisabeth Morris
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