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Clever invention makes your stove 'smart'

Clever invention makes your stove 'smart'
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How'd you like a smart stove that automatically cooks your food perfectly every time? Of course you would! Sounds expensive, right? It's not. Two former Amazon employees have created a smart knob that will work with most conventional stoves and it actually doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Meld works by using a clip that attaches to cookware to take the temperature of your food and then sends that data back to an app for Android and iOS gadgets. The app uses pre-selected recipes to determine the best cooking temperature and adjusts the motorized stove knob to make sure your meal is cooked perfectly.

“The bottom line is algorithms get to be pretty interesting, because if you’re trying to achieve a particular temperature, we want to get you there as quickly as possible, without overshooting,” said [Jon] Jenkins, who was head of engineering at Pinterest before leaving to work at Meld as cofounder and chief executive.

The gadget has a wide variety of uses. It works with poaching, frying, simmering, slow cooking, sous vide and candy making. The inventor says it can connect to most gas and electric stoves using a knob adapter.

Next page: See how Meld works and find out how to get one.
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