The smart home revolution has arrived. As the “Internet of Things” continues to expand and more advanced technology becomes available, the time is ripe for tech companies to start pouring their resources into making our lives simpler and more streamlined by making “intelligent” gadgets.
No other part of the home is so perfectly set up for taking advantage of the advent of smart gadgets than the kitchen. Clever beds and intelligent televisions are all well and good, but it’s the kitchen where benefits can be brought to tech lovers and lazy people alike.
We’ve all heard of smart fridges, but what other kitchen appliances are now taking advantage of the new technology? We take a look…
Knowing when meat is cooked is not easy. Whether you’re cooking a Christmas turkey or your roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon, the key to a tasty meal is that it’s been cooked for exactly the right amount of time and is at exactly the right temperature.
This is where the Range smart thermometer aims to help. There are two versions – the “Ember” which has a three inch tip designed for meat, and the “Aqua” which has a six inch tip designed for brewing, candy, stews, and cheese making.
The two thermometers plug into your iPhone, giving you instant temperature readings and feedback on cooking time. It also offers remote alerts, which means there’s no chance of overcooking something if you’re in another room.
Finally, the accompanying app comes with USDA- and gourmet-recommended pre-sets for meat, detailed graphs to monitor your cooking experiments, and tips and hints for recipes and meal ideas.
The Pantelligent frying pan has recently finished its Kickstarter funding campaign, receiving 277 percent more money than they originally pitched for. As soon as they have finished manufacturing their pre-orders, the device will be available to buy on their website.
It was recently featured on the Today show as one of the “8 hottest new kitchen gadgets you need to own”, and it’s easy to see why. The pan syncs with an app on your phone and monitors important data such as temperature and cooking time. The app itself also includes a diverse range of recipes that will alert you when you need to flip your food, turn down the temperature, or add more ingredients.
The pan connects with your phone by using Bluetooth so you’ll be able to monitor your cooking from up to 15 metres away – finally you’ll be able to sit on the sofa while dinner cooks itself, rather than standing and sweating over a hot stove!
While the LG Smart Oven isn’t quite at the level where you can tell it to go to the grocery store, chop your vegetables, and bring your meal to you in front of the television, it is well on its way.
The oven forms part of LG’s “Smart Thinq” range of gadgets, all of which work with Nest and lets you chat with your appliances as if they are real people. It means you can set your oven to pre-heat while you’re stuck in a traffic jam on your way home from work, tell it to clean itself after a gruelling family meal, or alter the temperature and timers remotely. It’ll even ask you what recipe you want to cook and set itself up accordingly.
The oven also has several practical benefits; it’s the largest electric oven in the industry, has the fastest boiling element on the market, and has an easy-to-use touchscreen control panel.
Orange Chef Countertop (formerly Prep Pad)
The Countertop is aimed at the dietary obsessives of the world. We’re (rightly) being made to feel increasingly guilty about stuffing ourselves with takeaways and frozen burgers, so this gadget tries to help its users eat better without any great effort.
The smart scale uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone or tablet. You tell it what’s on the scale, and the accompanying app will give you a complete nutritional breakdown of the ingredients; it’ll cover everything from calories and protein to vitamin A and potassium content.
It goes further than just the scale and the app though. It’ll also sync with your Jawbone Up to help you meet health goals, with your Vitamix smoothie maker to recommend a juice or soup that’s tailored to your needs, and with your Crockpot to recommend slow-cooked recipes.
Siemens makes a wide range of kitchen gadgets that all sync to one app on your phone. The most lazy-person-friendly of these is their coffee maker.
We’ve all been there – you’re lying in bed and need a cup of coffee before you can face the day, unfortunately you don’t fancy leaving the warmth of your duvet to fight with your coffee machine.
With Siemens’ device that’s no longer an issue – you can push a button on your phone and the machine will turn whole coffee beans into a steaming hot cup of espresso, latte, macchiato or cappuccino. Sadly, you’ll still have to get out of bed to get it…
The HAPIfork is weight-loss and digestive assistant. It is designed to help you monitor and track your eating habits, letting you know if you’re eating too much or too fast.
The developers claim that monitoring your “fork servings” has a whole host of benefits. Aside from helping you lose weight and aiding with digestive issues, it can also prevent gastric reflux and reduce post-operative complications by putting less stress on weak tissues.
The smart fork has an online dashboard and a mobile app. These portals will let your manage your data, give feedback on how much you ate and how long it look, set workout objectives and track your progress, and even share your data with friends.
Do you live in a smart kitchen?
Are you the lucky owner of any of these devices or gadgets? How practical are they? Have they really revolutionized your life or is it a case of technology for technology’s sake?
Perhaps we’ve missed an important smart gadget which you heavily rely on? Or you know another gadget that should be added to our list?
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