Although I'm not a big slow cooker user, I have friends that swear by theirs. They use their slow cookers several times a week and gush about how easy they are to prepare meals in. How could their Crock-Pot experience be improved? Well, according to Belkin, with an app. Debuting at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2014 is a WeMo enabled Crock-Pot with a companion app from Belkin and Jarden Consumer Solutions.
As you might have guessed, the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker is indeed the world's first smartphone controllable slow cooker. With the slow cooker and its companion app you can remotely turn the slow cooker on or off, change the temperature and time settings, and receive reminders. The iOS and Android app also has a timer which calculates cooking time and process.
Being able to turn the device on while away from home would seem to be handy as long as you've had the time to set everything up. Monitoring where in the cook time process you are could also be helpful, but I'm not sure if this, the remote controls and companion app are enough to justify the $99 cost.
Since I'm not a big slow cooker user myself, I'd love to know the thoughts of those who are. Would a smartphone controllable slow cooker be a big help?
Availability for the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker is listed as Spring 2014, with the iOS and Android Apps available in February.