WeMo Crock-Pot: Wireless Crock-Pot Control

If you’ve been here for a while, you know one of the things I enjoy doing is cooking. I love my Crock-Pot probably more than a human should love a kitchen appliance. It lets me start dinner on my way out the door in the morning, not have to think about it all day long, and come home to not just a delicious-smelling house, but a delicious-tasting dinner that requires nothing more from me than to dish it out and eat. I’ve even been known to use it while I’m home, purely because I’m going to be busy and it’s one less thing to fuss with.

Belkin thinks it can improve on a time-tested design. Their WeMo brand of home products is bringing automation to the most mundane of objects, so they can be controlled via smartphone. Now they’re applying that technology to the humble Crock-Pot, which we saw at CES, but I’m not quite convinced. One of the things they’re promoting is that you’ll be able to “turn on/off, change temperature or time settings from anywhere.” Which sounds neat, except for the part where the entire point of Crock-Pot cooking is that you don’t have to do any of that.

I suppose it might come in handy if you were running late, so you could turn it off to prevent overcooking of whatever you were making. It also lets you receive reminders, just in case you got so lost in what you were doing that you forgot you had dinner going at home.

Basically, that’s it. For $99.99 US, you get a Crock-Pot of some unknown capacity (their manual 7-quart model sells for $39.99 US) you can control with the WeMo app for iOS or Android. There really doesn’t seem to be much in the way of information about it, except the price and that it’s supposed to be available in “Spring 2014.” Me, I think I’ll probably just stick with my manual Crock-Pot…it’s never done me wrong.


Source: Gadget Review

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