Noah J Nelson on Thursday, Jun. 26th
One day smart kitchens will be standard issue, but given how long it takes to cycle through housing stock and the attendant kitchen fixtures that “one day” is probably going to be in the year 2132. In the meantime the desire to bring some intelligence to home and hearth is being left in the hands of gadget makers.
John Kestner is one such designer, who has already found success with a leave-in kitchen thermometer that connects to iPhones. Now Kestner is back with a crowdfunding campaign for a device that aims to give a brain to any oven or grill. (Via Wired.)
[Rather] than drop $12,000 on an Android-powered oven and stove, Kestner proposes tacking on one accessory that can make standard ovens intelligent. Besides the obvious difference in cost, people tend to have a sentimental attachment to their ovens. Each one varies in terms of temperature sensitivity, and cooks learn their recipes with those inevitable inaccuracies in mind. For that reason, the industrial design of the Range OI case was crafted specifically to camouflage with most standard ovens: it’s a slim, silicone, dagger-shaped accessory that can hang inconspicuously from the side of an oven.