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Futuristic ‘Smart Toaster’ Is Programmed To Perfectly Toast Baked Goods

To be honest, toasters really haven’t changed much in the past couple of decades. Thus, it was only a matter of time before we got a futuristic “smart toaster” that takes technology possible with a toaster and puts it over the top.

Photo courtesy of Revolution Cooking

Created by Revolution Cooking, the toaster comes with a touch screen that lets you control the level of browning on your bread. It even has a function that lets you see how brown the bread is without having to restart your toaster completely.

Is it extra AF? Absolutely. But, it also addresses problems with toasters that we may never really think about, and yet would welcome some pretty intriguing solutions too.

The smart toaster is designed to get a variety of baked goods, including bread, waffles, bagels, and more, to the shade of brown you want it to be. It can also customize based on whether what you throw inside is fresh, frozen, or being simply reheated, and comes with a digital or analog clock, in case you need your toaster to tell time as well.

Admittedly, the auto lowering and lifting mechanism is pretty cool, as you can see in the above video of the toaster in action.

While you can get a basic toaster for as little as $10 today, this smart toaster comes in at a whopping $300. If you’re obsessed with smart gadgets and having that level of control on your bread, however, it may well be worth the cost to you.

You can purchase the smart toaster on Revolution Cooking’s website, as well as at places like Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers and online websites.

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New Smart Tupperware Alerts You When Food Has Gone Bad

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Life sometimes feels like an endless loop of grocery shopping, stocking up the fridge with the best intentions, but still feeling like there’s nothing to eat. I see the food, I recognize the food, and yet it sits there daunting and questionable. When did I buy that? Is it even good? You take a whiff, but doubt how much you can trust your nose. Plus, depending how organized you keep your fridge, food is hidden behind other food and some of it is in jars or Tupperware you’re afraid to open and quite frankly, it’s all a little bit terrifying.

It always seemed like one of those problems with no real answer. In our modern day we’re beginning to have smart-everything and now here comes the next thing we didn’t know we needed — Smarterware!

Smarterware works using a system of “SmartTags” that can be linked to Alexa. The idea is that you get back from the grocery store and grab your smart tag, say “Alexa this is a bell pepper” and it will light up green. The smart tag changes from green to yellow to red as the days pass pulling the data on the life span of food from their database (which they are updating regularly). When the food is reaching its final days you’ll receive a notification on your phone along with recipe recommendations using what you have in your fridge. No more helplessly wondering what to do with what you got, Smarterware will help you out.

For those who don’t have access to Alexa, fear not, using these does not require its assistance, as you have the option to input what food you have right through the app. Also, as their database grows, they’re not going to have everything just yet, but you can easily add any obscure food item and its lifespan.

If you’re clueless like me it will default to three days. Not only that, but you can customize your preference for food freshness in case you think certain foods just shouldn’t last that long.

By the way, this isn’t just for grocery fresh food, SmartTags are designed to stick on your Chinese takeout box, too. Ovie’s goal is to utilize what you have in a smarter way to prevent food waste in the home and eventually make a difference on a larger scale. Co-founder and head of brand for Ovie, Stacie Thompson, stated that, “Most Americans don’t know what they’re having for dinner at 4pm, but we think dinner is already in your fridge. So we want to help you find it!”

Smarterware is designed to accommodate everything in your fridge. The SmartTags can be used in a clip, on a Smarterware container, or with a small connecter that can stick to anything. There are kits available for pre-order online at ovie.life ranging from $130-$300 depending how many you need with an option to build your own kit if you’d like. Pre-orders are expected to ship in March this year. 

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This Bluetooth Ingredient Dispenser Could Make Your Measuring Cups Extinct

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If you thought the spray can cake batter was crazy, a Kickstarter campaign was just launched for a device that not only stores ingredients in a canister, but dispenses them in perfect measurements.

That means you could put away your measuring spoons and cups and just let this robot measure and distribute the ingredients for you. It’s even Bluetooth compatible, so you don’t even have to get your lazy ass to the kitchen to start prepping, just control it with your iPad while you’re in your living room, watching Game of Thrones re-runs.

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The process seems simple enough; you attach the canister, let it identify the ingredient in the canister, select the measurement you want dispensed, and press the start button. Moreover, the integrated Bluetooth system is able to read a recipe you looked up and adjust the measurements accordingly.

The only minor downside could be that you have to swap the canisters every time you want to dispense a different ingredient. Their pledged goal is $50K by August 27.

Short of going to the supermarket and just buying a cake, baking is getting easier and easier.

H/T Engadget

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Adorable R2-D2 Disassembles into Measuring Cup Set

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Darth Vadar has already taken over kitchens with his evil (read: awesome) toaster, so it’s about time one of the good guys showed up, huh?

Created by Think Geek, these R2-D2 measuring cups are cleverly disguised as the Star Wars character when stacked. Once dissembled, the robot becomes a set of four cups and four measuring spoons fit for even the best of bakers. Little R2-D2 also solves potential kitchen clutter by packing eight useful tools into a compact, adorable droid.

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Put one of these robot sets next to that Death Star cookie jar, and your kitchen will be filled with one helluva Force.

R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set, $20 @Think Geek