Gadget: Wireless Smart Thermometer

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Yummly, the digital recipe and cooking platform acquired by Whirlpool, announced the new Yummly Smart Thermometer at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today.

The wireless thermometer keeps track of both internal food temperature and ambient cooking temperatures, and can be monitored via an accompanying app that sends alerts when the food is ready.

At first, this sounds a lot like the Meater smart thermometer. Smart thermometers can actually be pretty great because they allow you to remotely monitor your cooking without opening your oven and letting all the heat out.

But what differentiates Yummly’s Smart Thermometer from Meater and others is its ability to integrate with both the Whirlpool and Yummly ecosystems. So if a person is cooking from a Yummly recipe, the Yummly Thermometer will know what step the user is on and be able to communicate with a Whirlpool oven to adjust the temperature or switch from roasting to broiling automatically. According to the press release, this type of integration will be available in late 2020.

The Yummly Smart Thermometer also seems to be helping Yummly create something akin to a deconstructed June Oven. The Yummly mobile app can be used to recognized ingredients and suggest recipes. Those recipes can be communicated to a compatible Whirlpool oven and the thermometer can talk with the oven to create an automated cook program. While this requires a number of different pieces to create a smart oven, it also means you don’t have to take up countertop space with an additional cooking appliance.

The Yummly Smart Thermometer will be available for purchase in early 2020 with an MSRP of US$129.

Source: The Spoon

Gadget: Juno – a Microwave for Cooling

Michael Wolf wrote . . . . . . . . .

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You go into the fridge to get a refreshing cold can of your favorite beverage and, surprise surprise, someone forgot to restock the fridge.

Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s your roommate. Whoever it is, you’re now the sad sack stuck drinking room temperature beer or wine from a can (and you do drink wine from a can, ok?) wishing someone just had a little more beverage planning foresight.

But what if you could toss that can or bottle into a ‘microwave for cooling’ and almost instantly have an ice-cold beverage?

That’s the utopia that Matrix Industries has in mind with their new Juno Chiller. The product is based on a technology called thermoelectric cooling, which longtime Spoon readers know is based on a principle called the Peltier Effect, which essentially pushes phonons from one place to another through electrical excitement and in turn can remove heat from, say, a refrigerator chamber or a can of pop .

It’s complicated to say the least and I’m not a particle physicist, but what I can do is shoot iPhone video at CES press events that shows you the technology in action:

Matrix is not the only company looking to apply thermoelectric cooling technology to new applications. Phononic has been talking up their solid state cooling technology for some time, but over the past few years have largely focused on commercial refrigeration technologies to displace traditional compressor-based refrigerators.

Spoon readers may also recall others have talked about a “microwave for cooling” before. Frigondas, a startup based in Spain, pitched the idea of an actual microwave that would both heat and flash-freeze. It’s an intriguing idea if they can pull it off, but the company’s largely gone quiet ever since pitching in it 2017 and 2018.

Matrix, on the other hand, seems to be just getting started with their product and plan on releasing their home beverage cooler later this year. If you want to get in on the cold drink action, they’ve launched an Indiegogo for the Juno Chiller, which would allow you get the beverage cooling appliance for half off ($199) in August if everything goes according plan.

As you can see by the product hero reel below, the final consumer edition will look much different than the working prototype shown above, featuring a much taller chamber that will allow you to chill everything from a can of beer to a bottle of wine.

Source: The Spoon

Gadget: Albicchiere is a Connected Device to Pour and Store Your Wine

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Made in Italy, the Albicchiere is a countertop device that pours and stores your wine. The “Albi” as the appliance is also known, brings your wine to the proper serving temperature (between 4°C to 20°C / 39.2°F to 68°F). before dispensing, so, the company claims, you get the most enjoyment out of each glass.

The Albi is launching on Kickstarter and will cost early backers $279. The device is supposed to ship in September of 2020 (though, as with any crowdfunded hardware, caveat emptor).

At first glance, $279 seems pretty pricey for a wine dispenser, but here’s what else the Albi can do:

You can load the Albi with either your own bottled wine or special “Smart Bags” of wine the company sells itself for the device. These bags use a special patent-pending technology that keeps wine fresh in the device for up to six months, even if you’re just pouring one glass at a time, because the wine never comes into contact with oxygen. (Other wine preservation systems like Coravin, use argon gas.)

These bags of wine are reusable (though it seems like pouring your own wine into them would introduce oxygen), and the company says you can swap out bags of wine, like going from white to red during a meal, in as little as five seconds without needing to clean the machine in between.

We’ve actually seen a similar “smart bag” approach to wine containers before with the Edgar commercial wine dispenser at last year’s CES show.

The Albi has Alexa and Google Home compatibility built in, so you can ask it to pour you wine, though this functionality seems limited as you’d need to be at the machine at some point to make the glass available (the company says you could use it to have a glass of wine ready and waiting at the right temperature when you get home from work).

The built-in screen provides you with details about your wine, so you can learn more about where it’s from and other characteristics. The Albi keeps track of your wine so you know when the wine is going going bad and when you are running low. Albi can also reorder it for you.

The smart bags also make it easier to ship wine by reducing transport costs and carbon footprints through lighter packaging. Albicchiere says that it has already signed up 200 wineries that will sell their wine in Smart Bags. The cost for wine, as with buying any traditional bottle of wine, will depend on the type and brand.

Source: The Spoon

Bartesian, a Home Cocktail Robot, is Now on Sale in U.S. Retailers

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If you’re still looking for that holiday gift for the cocktail fanatic in your life who has everything, you might want to run down to Best Buy (or Dillards or Bed Bath & Beyond) and pick up a Bartesian.

That’s because over the past few months, the home cocktail robot has started to roll out across the U.S. at a number of different retailers. According to company CEO Ryan Close, the Bartesian is now available at over 250 retail locations across the nation, including Best Buy, Bloomingdales, Beth Bath and Beyond, and Dillards.

The Bartesian, which makes a variety of cocktails using a proprietary capsule system to add in bitters, fruit juice and other mixers to the user-provided spirits, started shipping online earlier this year. According to Close, retail has always been part of the plan.

“5 years (!) of talking about one day being on the shelves of #BedBathandBeyond …here it is,” wrote Close on Linkedin announcing the company’s latest retail rollout.

Close told me via Linkedin that while the company is launching its product in different locations across the U.S., they are primarily focused on higher-density markets like New York, Chicago and cities in California, to maximize awareness.

I’m curious to see how the Bartesian performs at retail. One potential sticking point for consumers is the need to buy capsules from Bartesian to make cocktails with the machine. The capsules, which include fresh ingredients such as fruit juice, are not cheap, selling in packs of six for $15. That’s about two and a half bucks per drink (before alcohol), which is certainly cheaper than a bar but pretty spendy for home cocktails.

However, while consumers have shown a reluctance to use proprietary pod systems outside of coffee, Bartesian isn’t the only company betting that home-based cocktails might be the next market to break open new capsule category. Drinkworks, the joint venture between Keurig Dr. Pepper and Anheuser-Busch, has rolled out to select markets in the U.S. Unlike the Bartesian, however, Drinkworks pods include alcohol.

The Bartesian, which launched over five years ago on Kickstarter, now faces a more crowded market than when it first launched. In addition to Drinkworks, Barsys has begun to ship its second generation bartender bot while newer upstarts like MyBar and SirMixaBot (best name ever) have started to make their way to market.

Source: The Spoon

Snoopy “Puzzle Cookie”! “SNOOPY Puzzle Cookie BOOK” with Cookie Mold

A book with a cookie mold that allows you to make “puzzle cookies” that can be played as jigsaw puzzles. You can make all 15 types of cookies such as Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Woodstock.

The price is 1,480 yen (excluding tax).