Monday, November 17, 2014

Pick of the pack!: Amazing high-tech gadgets for a cutting-edge kitchen

By Chima Michael Oleru

Amazing high-tech gadgets for a cutting-edge kitchen

The kitchen is “that special place’ for most of us; the central hub of activity in our homes. So it is no surprise that a lot of these innovations in home technology revolve around the kitchen. It is undisputable that the kitchen is where we engage in those enjoyable moments like cooking, eating, and spending time with family and friends.
Over the past few years, there has been a surge of home automation products to make our lives easier, more efficient and, in many cases, more reliant on technology.

TechKulture rounds up some amazing neat kitchen gadgets for you in this edition. Expect these to become the norm in the decked out, that is, ‘teched-out’ homes of the near future!

·      Egg Minder
Nothing douses your appetite as fast as a spoilt egg! Sure you do not want to find out the hard way the condition of your eggs. The Egg Minder can keep you apprised of how old your eggs are, and even tracks the number you have left. Perfect when you are debating the purchase at the grocery store. Using a complementary mobile app, Egg Minder will send you a push notification when it is time to replenish your egg supply.
Approximate Price: 8,000 Naira.

·      AwoX StriimLIGHT
It is chic and a most have if you live in cramped quarters and want to maximize space. Perfect for all your lighting and music needs, you can also multi-task your appliances by using the AwoX StriimLIGHT.  This energy-efficient LED bulb comes with a built-in Bluetooth speaker that you can screw into any traditional light fixture. It is accompanied with a remote control for your music, giving your room both light and sound simultaneously.
Approximate Price: 16,000 Naira.

·      GE Brillion
Speaking of cooking from afar! The GE Brillion app works with several GE Profile wall ovens to enable remote turn-on; preheating while you are driving home, monitoring temperature changes and checking meat probe settings. This app also alerts you when your gorgeous pot roast is done. The best part is you never have to worry again if you have forgotten to switch the oven off!
Price: (You need to get the gadget first)

·      Belkin Crock-Pot WeMo Slow Cooker
Crock Pot meals can be the ultimate in convenience. It is timesaving, but works only when you remember to turn them on. With the WeMo-enabled Slow Cooker and your smartphone, you can turn on your chicken chili from anywhere, as well as adjust the temperature, alter cooking time and even get reminders. Nothing better than getting home to ready meals!
Approximate Price: 16, 000 Naira.

·      Blendtec Designer 700
A blender might not be the first thing you think of when you hear "high-tech kitchen," but Blendtec’s appliances put that notion to rest. The Blendtec Designer 700, features a whopping 1700-watt motor, six pre-programmed options. It also boasts of a very cool touch-screen interface for ultimate control of your blending needs.

Approximate Price: 121, 000 Naira.