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Technology around the home – The kitchen

by Megan Iemma on April 30, 2014

Megan Iemma will be doing a series of posts about the nifty, useful technology she uses around the home. This week, we’re starting with the kitchen!

One of my favourite rooms in my house is the kitchen. This is because it involves two things I love: food and people. When I moved out of home, I spent a lot of money buying gadgets for my kitchen. The more adventurous I became with my cooking, the more advanced the gadgets became.

In fact, I’ve managed to accumulate so many since my uni days that they’ve taken over the linen cupboard in the laundry (and overflowed into kitchen cupboards and the garage).

What’s hot these days are devices that connect with apps for your smartphone or tablet. Companies such as Samsung and LG are beginning to release connected versions of appliances we think of as ‘normal’. Samsung has the¬†Samsung Smart Home¬†service, while LG has come up with the¬†LG Homechat system.¬†Both were released earlier this year at CES (Consumer Electronics Show)‚ÄĒhowever, some of these items are still in product development, or have a limited range.

The biggest problem that we have is that technology changes quickly, and the lifespan of these products is becoming shorter. If you have heard the phrase ‚ÄėThey never make them like they used to‚Äô,¬†you would be right. Don‚Äôt get me wrong, I love my gadgets‚ÄĒespecially in the kitchen. But something you should consider is if the product doesn‚Äôt continue getting updates, will it still work in two years or more into the future?

Currently Available

iGrill

iDevices-iGrill2-Lifestyle-iPhone_Steak

For all those who love to BBQ and (for those who wish they could) this is the perfect device along with the app to help you master that perfect steak! There are three devices in this range and this takes the guesswork out of your next grilled dinner!

Kitchen Thermometer

iDevices-KitchenThermometer-Lifestyle-iPad-Roast

With the next season of Masterchef fast approaching in Australia, a digital kitchen thermometer is a must-have device in any foodie’s kitchen, especially when cooking chicken.

Prep Pad

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Digital scales are valuable in any kitchen, and working out the nutritional value of each of your ingredients really makes healthy eating trackable. The Prep Pad is easily wipeable, and connects with the app. It weighs up to 6.8 kg of produce and is 22.86 cm long for easy chopping and preparation.

Egg Minder

egg minder

This device is a 12-egg ¬†carton that tracks how many eggs you have, as well as their freshness. I love eggs and they are usually well and truly gone before they ever get to the expiry date‚ÄĒhowever, I can definitely see this being an advantage for those who live on their own.

Editor’s note: Currently unavailable on the main store, but it can be found in other online stores such as Amazon.

Coming Soon

WeMo CrockPot

WeMoSlowcooker

There is nothing worse than when autumn or winter comes around and you want to use your slow cooker/crockpot… but you have to leave the house at 7 in the morning and won‚Äôt get back home till 5 pm! How about a slow cooker you can control via an app? You can turn it on or off, and change the heat settings, all while at work. This is coming in mid-2014.

Future wishlist (for the serious foodies!)

Whirlpool Interactive Cooktop

Now, this definitely could be a key feature in my kitchen one day. It has an induction cooktop as well as an interactive screen for your social media, email, recipes etc. No more dirty fingers on the iPad as you are trying to find the recipe from Pinterest or Taste.com.au.

What technology do you use in your kitchen? Tell us in the comments – we’d love to hear about it!

Featured Image: Philips Communications 
All other images taken from press-provided photos from the companies.

Megan Iemma
Technology Coach and ‚ÄúIT‚ÄĚ girl¬†Megan¬†Iemma is a thought leader in the world of technology and its uses. An educator and techno geek,¬†Megan¬†combined her passions for education and technology and founded¬†Tech Coach HQ¬†¬†working with businesses and their teams to improve processes and embrace the productivity technology has to offer.

Megan Iemma
Megan Iemma is passionate about adult learning and translating complex technology to real world situations for education, corporate and community groups. As an experienced consultant and trainer she has worked in technology consulting and training in addition to being a fully qualified primary/secondary music teacher. Megan set up ‚ÄúTech Coach HQ‚ÄĚ to fulfill her passion for technology and learning. She is a co-founder of the Slide2Learn Conferences (http://slide2learn.net/) which started in 2010. This is a world class Australian conference model with overseas attendees and presenters in the area of Mobile Learning in Education.
 
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