Summer Tech: How to Smarten Up Your Kitchen & Grill
We’ve all heard of home automation and how it can “smarten up” your home. There are systems that allow you to turn on your TV, shut the blinds, turn down the AC and lock your doors all through simple interfaces such as your mobile device. That, my friends, is pretty amazing. The one place in the home that is seemingly ignored happens to be the kitchen, causing some of the best in technology and automation to step up and design intuitive products and applications that can bring personalized control to one of the most needy rooms in your home. There are now a number of products that are focused around use in the kitchen, and whether they are apps for an iPad or holding devices to ensure your tablet stays out of harm’s way, they all offer a new level of convenience:
The Belkin Chef Stand and Stylus is a perfect addition to any kitchen; helping to eliminate messy fingerprints on the beautiful screen of your iPad. The Belkin Chef Stand holds your tablet securely, either horizontally or vertically, while the stylus pen-like device lets you click through the steps of your favorite recipes without having to touch the tablet.
Recently, we covered the launch of the Control4 Smart Appliance App and Smart Appliance Module that brings appliance diagnostics, text alerts and control to today’s kitchen. The Smart Appliance Module uses the Card Access high-performance wireless networking with Control4 ZigBee PRO mesh networking, which when combined can be downloaded to any Control4 system for free, and allows homeowners to manage energy, create actionable alerts, and review appliance diagnostics.
Lets venture from the kitchen out to the deck with some grill appliances that will blow your mind. The iDevice iGrill is a Bluetooth-enabled grill tool that allows you to multitask, between your grill and your guests, all while having the peace of mind that your food will be perfectly cooked, at a target temperature that is safe for consumption. iGrill communicates directly with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch via a secure, long-range Bluetooth connection, giving you the opportunity to enjoy socializing with family and friends, without compromising the quality of your favorite grilled cuisine.
Another grill-worthy device does not need a smart phone or tablet to work its magic. The Sur La Table Triple-LED Grill Light gives barbecue-ers LED lighting to tell when their steaks are done while grilling in the dark. It may be time to forgo the flashlight and get your hands on this nifty gadget. It has an adjustable arm that clamps onto the lid of your grill and shines bright LED lights wherever you need it. It has three-directional LED bulbs that illuminate the entire grill surface so no piece of meat goes unseen.
So there you have it, 4 exceptional kitchen and grilling apps and appliances that will certainly help elevate your cooking skills. Impress away!
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