I recently found myself on the hunt for an unusual and high tech gift for a friend who hosts an incredible number of dinner parties each year. As I considered my options, I was struck by how few crazy innovations have come out for the culinary minded tech junkie.
With a little hunting, I've tracked down some fun products that seamlessly combine technology with food. Sure, these five items may seem closer to eccentric than practical, but they may hit the right notes for the high tech chef:
1. Perfect Drink Smart Bartender with Free App: For frequent party hosts, this smart bartender combines a nifty plug in bar scale with a free app to help the impromptu mixologist concoct fancy cocktails all night long. ($69.99 for the bar scale. App is free on Google Play and iTunes.)
2. Greenwon Color Change Water Temperature Sensor: While quickly throwing fingers in front of streaming water is an efficient way to check water temperature, it can also mean scalding your fingers from time to time. This handy little screw on sensor projects color based on the water temp. Handy and fun. ($6.99)
3. iCelsius: When it comes to safety in the kitchen, one of the most overlooked necessities is a thermometer. Specifically, meat lovers should definitely have a thermometer on hand. ($39 for a basic model up to $85 for a wireless version)
4. Ilamo Go: For new parents, this kitchen innovation may helpfully replace the old boiling the bottle trick. This baby bottle warms milk to an ideal temperature for baby, making feeding quicker and safer. New parents will tell you nothing is worse than dealing with a bottle that's scalding hot and waiting for it to cool. ($33.99)
5. The Pet's Water Cooler: For homes where the pets eat in the kitchen too, this water cooling bowl would be an excellent addition. Especially if your dog or cat is a little picky about their water. ($49.95)
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