We've heard of smart appliances, from refrigerators to coffee makers to sound systems, which aren't perfect yet but do make our life easier. This new Kickstarter campaign is probably the first automated range knob plus precision temperature sensor that will work together with a special app to give you the "perfect meal", at least temperature wise. The Meld Knob + Clip system was created to help solve temperature issues for both novice cooks and even cooking experts who find it hard to exactly define what medium-high is.
How the system works is quite simple but fascinating, and eventually helpful. There are three components to the system: a knob to replace your stove's current one; a clip to measure the actual temperature of what you're cooking; and an app (still in development) to monitor and control the two. You use the knob to automate your stove, whether it needs to go up, simmer down, and even to totally turn off. The clip is the one that tells you at what temperature your stove is at, while the app has the recipe database and will "talk" to your knob and clip, depending on what you're cooking.
There will supposedly be a whole range of different cooking styles and recipes like simmering (soups, meatballs, chicken), slow cooking (chili, lamb shanks, stew), sous vide (steak, ribs, hard and soft-boiled eggs), candy making (fudge, caramel), frying, and poaching. But you can also create your own recipes, aside from what's in the database. And in case you don't trust your Meld in some parts, you can still take over controlling your stove's knob. It is interconnected using Bluetooth LE and the knob and clip is powered by AAA batteries.
The Meld campaign has already reached its $50,000 target but you still have until May 8 to help it out and get your own Meld system in the process. You can pledge as low as $99 to get the Knob + Clip set, and shipping is estimated to start by October.
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