In our techno-savvy, ultra-connected society, there is always something greater — cooler, better — just around the corner, shouting at you from a screen. Our kitchens can connect, be controlled from a distance and be responsive via the ‘Internet of Things’. There are ovens that can be pre-heated from an app, refrigerator cameras which we can access at the supermarket to see what we’re running low on and many other exciting innovations. A couple of our members of staff are currently involved in home renovations and they’ve rounded up favourite ‘smart kitchen’ gadgets featuring on their technology wish-lists:
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.
There’s an app that connects with the decanter to let you control the device, add aeration programs and gather information about different winemakers.
Portable version available at John Lewis for £349.00
While visually the Pantelligent will fit right in with the rest of your home cookware, hidden inside it is an impressive set of features that will change the way you cook — in a way your standard frying pan never could.
The base of the pan has heat sensors that can measure the surface temperature of your food, and a Bluetooth setup tucked away in the handle allows the pan to sync up with your phone through an accompanying app. Together, the tech works to make cooking an easier, tastier experience for new chefs looking to improve their skills.
Available at The Fowndry £170
This ‘smart’ weighing scale connects with an app on your iPad/iPhone using Bluetooth (not yet available on Android). It allows you to scale recipes up or down according to your needs. If you want to feed more people, for example, or if you don’t have as much of a key ingredient as you thought you did. There are hundreds of recipes available on the app, each with clear step by step guides, images and tips.
Available at Currys for £41.99
Eating too fast leads to poor digestion and poor weight control. The HAPIfork, powered by Slow Control, is an electronic fork that helps you monitor and track your eating habits. It also alerts you with the help of indicator lights and gentle vibrations when you are eating too fast. Every time you bring food from your plate to your mouth with your fork, this action is called: a “fork serving”. The HAPIfork also measures:
* How long it took to eat your meal.
* The amount of “fork servings” taken per minute.
* Intervals between “fork servings”.
This information is then uploaded via USB or Bluetooth to your Online Dashboard on HAPI.com to track your progress. The HAPIfork also comes with the HAPIfork and HAPI.com apps plus a coaching program to help improve your eating behavior.
Available from Hapi.com, priced $49+$25 international shipping.