Slow cooking is a wonderful thing. You can throw a bunch of ingredients into a Crock Pot, go off to work or run errands and come home to a delicious dinner.
Of course, slow cooking isn't without its challenges. You can't change heat settings from a distance, say if you're going to be late getting home from work. You also can't make sure your Crock Pot didn't switch off after a power outage.
Belkin aims to overcome those challenges with the Belkin Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo. It includes Wi-Fi so you can monitor it from a distance with Belkin's WeMo home automation app.
In addition to checking the cooker's status and seeing how long it has been running, you can change the heat settings. Setup is easy and the ceramic bowl lifts out for easy cleaning so you don't hurt the electronics.
Of course being the first of its kind it will cost you, to the tune of $130. That's a bit much, and at the moment the actual app functions aren't the best. You can't monitor the actual temperature inside the cooker, for example.
However, I'm sure more features will arrive with app updates and newer models. At the end of the day, this is another indication of a future where everything in your life is connected. Click here to learn more about the coming "Internet of Things."
Back to the topic of cooking, however, I also wanted to tell you that you can download the newest Betty Crocker cookbook app for free. It has more than 13,000 recipes and includes easy ingredient searching, nutritional information, saving favorite recipes, shopping-list creator and more.