The Instant Pot, a.k.a. "iPot"
Once paired with your iOS or Android app, the iPot ($125) is a smart programmable pressure cooker that supposedly allows one to cook meals “more intelligently.” Featuring an electro‐magnetic sensor for lid position detection, one can control the entire cooking process with their phone, which displays a cool-looking graph, engaged timers and the ability to share your recipe on the Internet. Not sure if this really makes cooking smarter, but it’s definitely kind of cool.
Available in February.
Goji Smart Lock
Who has time for keys anymore, when all you need is a $280 electronic door lock that knows your name? While spending the extra dough for something you probably don't really need, the Goji Smart Lock does come with some pretty neat features.
After pairing with your device, besides welcoming you home and letting you in, the lock helps in beefing up your home security as well. It not only takes and sends you a picture of everyone who comes to your door, but it also stores the real-time information online so you can access it anywhere.
Available in March.
If you missed out on the iGrill, don’t worry — now’s the time to get into the wireless grilling game with the new iGrillmini ($40). About a quarter the size of its original counterpart, the Bluetooth temperature monitoring device works with your iPhone and iPad (Android coming soon). Basically, it lets you know when your food is done cooking, with the added bonus of being able to bug your friends online by posting what you're cooking.
One of the most unusual devices unveiled this year at CES has to be the HAPIfork ($100), a Bluetooth-enabled fork which offers wireless "feedback to emphasize the importance of eating at a moderate pace.” The idea is that when you eat too fast, your stomach doesn’t have enough time to tell you when you’re full, thus leading to overeating. The futurist spork solves this problem by vibrating in your hand whenever you start shoveling food too quickly. It also comes with real-time activity monitoring available on your iPhone because hey, why not?
Parrot Flower Power
Have you ever thought it was high time that plants smarten up? Neither did we, but apparently someone did, because the Parrot Flower Power ($60) now exists. Promising to be the “smart gardening assistant” you never knew you needed, it connects to an iOS device and monitors the plant's life for you. They claim the device analyzes four major criteria for plant growth — soil moisture, fertilizer, temperature, and light — but, unless you’re really striving to be the world’s best botanist, we say just make sure you water your plants regularly and they should be fine without any robotic assistance.
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