We’re living in an age where fridges connect to the internet and cutlery is Bluetooth enabled otherwise you may as well be eating your dinner with twigs.
Smart kitchen devices are now commonplace in the internet of things revolution, with a whole host of cool connected accessories and appliances up for grabs that range from smart stoves to forks and plates that help you manage portion control.
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If you’re not sure where to get started with upgrading your kitchen supplies, check out our pick of the top kitchen tech…
Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan
Yep, there’s such thing as a smart frying pan that wants to help you cook better food. Paired with a free app, you’ll get step-by-step directions and real-time temperature feedback. There’s even a temperature sensor inside the device that’s powered by batteries in the handle. Other than that, it’s your average 12-inch non-stick cast aluminum frying pan that works on all gas and electric stovetops. Just don’t stick it in the dishwasher or oven.
The mindset of sustainable farmed products, eco-friendly packaging and extremely healthy healthy eating paired with a smart juicer gave way to Juicero. The juicer is pretty pricey – but falls in line with Vitamix’s top of the line appliances – cold presses juice out of “packs” of prepped fruit and veggies. The iOS and Android apps track every pack letting you know when it’s time to restock, exactly what nutrients you’re consuming and where each ingredient was grown. Right now, the company is only shipping to places in California, but should expanding soon.
iSommelier Smart Decanter
If juice isn’t up your alley, maybe a smart wine decanter is? iSommelier promises to soften up the tannins mature wine that normally requires years of cellaring through aerating your wine with highly concentrated purified oxygen. There’s also a smart base with a digital screen that shows you the name of the wine, vintage and aeration progress bar. Again, there’s an app that connects with the decanter to let you control the device, add aeration programs and gather information about different winemakers.
If you’re used to manually inputting all your caloric intake through various food tracking apps, then SmartPlate wants to make your life easier. The 10-inch plate is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled and, get this, it comes equipped with three mini cameras and weight sensors. Basically, your dish will be watching you – or in other words, figuring out what you’re eating and doling out proper portions. If you serve yourself too much, the plate will alert you. There’s also an app that syncs up with the plate to automatically analyze and keep track of every meal, and connects to MyFitnessPal FitBit.
LG Smart ThinQ cooker
Part of LG’s big smart home push, and compatible with the HomeChat app and ecosystem, this clever cooker not only hooks up with your other connected kit using Wi-Fi, it can also be mended from afar thanks to LG’s Smart Diagnosis tool, which allows engineers to read system diagnosis over the internet airwaves.
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The built-in cooking management app allows you to cook with precision, with thousands of pre-set temperature and time frames on board. If you do somehow manage to burn your baking, the smart self cleaning feature should come in handy.
Not quite as hi-tech as LG’s tech-tastic cooker but nifty nevertheless, this crowdfunding success story will keep count of your eggs – up to 14 – letting you know (using LED lights and the companion app) which ones are the oldest and which ones might be going bad.
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Whats more, it’s IFTTT compatible, so you can set up some interesting IoT combos. For example, “If I run out of eggs, play I am the Walrus on Spotify”.
This Firebox exclusive allows you to brew (and grind) your coffee on demand, using your smartphone or tablet to get things started. You tee-up (coffee-up?) as many as 12 cups at once and you even have the option to select the strength of your brew.
‘Welcome home’ and ‘wake up’ modes can be set to kick start the machine into action based on set geo-locations and timings and, with IFTTT skills, you can cook up a whole host of set recipes to match your mood. Bad nights sleep recorded by your Fitbit? Strong coffee in the morning, for the win.
Samsung Smart Fridge
Ideally, we’d prefer a smart fridge that orders our food online for us based on our stock levels but, until then, we’ll have to make do with this Wi-Fi connected cooler from Samsung that comes packing an 8-inch LCD display.
That display offers up a plethora of connectivity options including smartphone mirroring, smart TV playback, memos, calendars and internet radio. It also keeps your food chilled too. The fridge that is, not the display.
Somehow, despite the world’s most cutting edge consumer tech being on display, HAPIfork managed to be the star of the show at CES a couple of years back. If you missed the coverage then, allow us to get you up to speed – it’s a smart fork that helps you monitor and track your eating habits. Exactly what your life needed, right?
Using Slow Control technology, the connected cutlery measures how many mouthfuls you take and buzzes and flashes if you’re scoffing your grub too quickly. There’s also a dashboard for you to analyse your meal-time performance. Of course there is.
The kitchen memo is a major part of many family’s communications. In an age where you’ve got more instant messaging platforms to choose from than messages you’ll ever send, the simple memo lives on in the form of the Invoxia Triby.
It allows you not not only leave messages for your loved ones, but also contact them instantly with Wi-Fi calling. Plus, if you forget to leave a note, you can sketch one out when you’re not at home using your smartphone as a canvas. The Triby fridge memo device is due to launch later this year. You can sign up for updates now.
You think you make great cocktails right? We bet you don’t. Unless you’re a mixologist or Tom Cruise, of course, then you probably pass. Somabar helps those who needs it to make your home made cocktails taste less like paint-stripper.
Using a cocktail list in a companion app and some dishwasher proof ingredient pods, the Somabar will be knocking you up Old Fashioneds and Mojitos at the touch of a button. You can even select the strength of the machine’s mixes.
Drop scales will have you baking like Mary Berry in no time. You simply select your chosen dish from a companion app’s recipe book and these connected scales will help you put together the exact ingredients to make your bake a great success.
The recipes are all one-bowl affairs, so less washing up after, and the app will even offer up alternatives (‘smart substitutions’) if you haven’t got quite enough of one ingredient.