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The Breville – PolyScience Control Freak Induction Cooker Gets Temperature Right

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You may not think about this much if you’re not really into cooking, but getting the temperature exactly right with the foods you cook can make a huge difference with how they turn out. That’s why sous-vide cooking is becoming increasingly popular (read our Nomiku Immersion Cooker review here), but there are some foods that you just can’t cook that way. Perfectly poached eggs, for instance. The Control Freak is an induction cooker with precise temperature control, allowing you to poach, blanch, boil, or broil with perfect accuracy every time. A collaboration between PolyScience and Breville, the cooker uses two sensors to make sure things are set just right: there’s a through-the-glass IR sensor, and a clip-on Probe Control module. With these two, you can change settings between 86° and 482° F (30° and 250°C), with a one degree of precision. There’s even an Intensity Setting that makes it possible to decide how quickly things heat up. Of course, this kind of device doesn’t come cheap: you’ll have to part with $1,800 to get yours.

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Londoners: Wanna Know How Safe The Air Is To Breathe? These Pigeons Will Tell You

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In an effort to raise awareness about air pollution, Twitter put on a contest where ones of the winners was a team composed of PR agency DigitasLBi and tech startup Plume Labs. Their project involves strapping tiny air sensors to the back of domesticated racing pigeons (which return home to roost every night) and have them fly around the city. You’re then free to Tweet your location to any of the 10 birds in the project, and they’ll send you back info about ozone, nitrogen dioxide and volatile compound levels. In other words, the birds will tell you how safe it is to even breathe the air around you. Granted with only 10 birds you won’t get a very complete snapshot of the city’s pollution levels, but again, this is more about raising awareness than it is about creating an accurate network. The bird squad is known as the Pigeon Air Patrol, and they’ll fly the skies for only 3 days.

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Deal Of The Day: 15% Off On IllumiBowl Toilet Night Light

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If you’re a remotely considerate person, you’ll be careful when you get up in the middle of the night not to wake your partner up. This may mean keeping the lights off to go to the restroom, which in turn means some fumbling around and possibly some pee on the floor. Not good. But with the IllumiBowl Toilet Night Light, a motion detector senses your presence and lights up the bowl for your convenience.

Let there be light in the bathroom. Now you can add any color of LED light to your toilet bowl and see it glow. That means no more stumbling around when you have to go at night. Simply snap it onto the rim and let it shine: it will automatically turn on when someone walks into the bathroom. There are eight color possibilities and patterned illuminations, making quite the show.

– Turns on & off automatically via motion sensors
– Sets to the color of your choice or a color-rotate light mode
– Easy to clean by wiping with a cloth
– Snaps on in the perfect, splash-proof location
– Fits any toilet
– Battery powered
– Perfect for potty training children

Normally $20, it’s $16.99 after today’s deal.

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Self-Driving Isn’t Just For Cars: The Smartbe Stroller Brings High Tech Innovations To An Age-Old Product

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We have sensors. We have batteries and brushless electric motors. We have Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. We have the tiniest of microprocessors… Wouldn’t it make sense to cram a bunch of these into a baby stroller, and give it the kinds of features we’ve come to expect in all our products in 2016? The Smartbe Stroller is as high-tech of a stroller as we’ve ever seen. It comes with three driving modes, from full manual, to power-assist (where you’re still pushing, but with minimal effort), to completely self-driving. In this last mode, the stroller always stays ahead of the parent, within arm’s reach, whether you’re walking or even jogging. Additional features are almost too numerous to name: built-in rocker, wireless Bluetooth speakers to play your music to your baby, electric bottle warmer, “climate/temperature-controlled bassinet keeps your baby comfortable no matter the weather, and air filters can protect against pollution and allergens.”

If this project ever manages to see light of day (and that’s a big “if”, considering the ambitiousness of the project, and the fact that it’s far from fully-funded on IndieGogo, and that all they have at the moment is a bunch of CG renders…), the Smartbe Intelligent Stroller promises to be Tesla of strollers. Completely connected, fully-automated, and as high-tech as any early enthusiast would want their infant carrier to be. Prices start at $900 for the basic non self-propelled model, and go all the way up to $3,199, with shipping in April 2017 (further re-inforcing the impression that we’re looking at vapourware).

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Fever Scout Tracks Your Baby’s Fever Continuously

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Like many physical illnesses, fevers are best treated if caught early. Especially for a toddler or a baby, being able to provide him with the right medical attention at the right time can make the difference between a speedy recovery and a few days of crying and worrying. Fever Scout is a soft flexible patch that your kid wears on his chest at all times. It continuously monitors his temperature and sends it to your smartphone; if ever it goes beyond some preset range, it’ll notify you immediately. It’ll also generate a graph of his temperature over time, letting you see what’s effective and what’s not. It’s not meant to be worn for months at a time, only a few days when necessary, and the kit comes with 10 medical grade adhesive patches. It’s $60 and available early 2016.

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Starling Makes Sure Your Child Hears Enough Words For His Intellectual Development

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Studies have shown that the more words a toddler is exposed to when growing up, the more developed his social, emotional and intellectual abilities will be. In other words, the more words he hears, the smarter and well adjusted he’ll be. Everyone talks to their child to one degree or another, but it’s easy to get sidetracked and become inconsistent. That’s when Starling comes in. It’s a device that attaches to a baby’s clothing and simply tracks the number of words spoken in its presence. This way you can set realistic goals, and see whether you’re on track to expose baby-you to an appropriate amount of conversation. If it turns out that you’re feeling uninspired on any given day, the app can suggest “age-appropriate lexical activities”. You can check on your progress at any time by pressing button on the device, and there should be no privacy-invasion fears as the unit only counts the words but doesn’t record them. It’ll stay powered for up to 5 days at a time, is waterproof, and even has an LED to indicate when you’ve reached your target. It’s a $129 pledge to their Indiegogo, with shipping in April 2016.

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Mogees Turns Just About Anything Into An Instrument

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Finding yourself always tapping away on surfaces, creating a beat from stuff that wasn’t meant to be musical? Well then, Mogees is just for you. It’s a special vibration sensor that attaches to anything, and allows you to map different vibration patterns to different instruments. This way you can turn your living space into a whole percussion set. You first have to program the app and tell it which vibrations correspond to which instrument (eg. tapping with open palms on a door could be the snare drum, using the knuckles could be the high hat, and hitting it with a key could be the kick drum), it’ll then recognize the vibrations and communicate the signal to your phone, which in turn emits the corresponding sound. Imagine sitting at your desk at work and kicking out a whole drum set by tapping on your drawers, your stapler or anything else that comes to mind. It sounds ridiculous, but you really have to watch the video to see the potential.

It’s not limited to drum sounds, incidentally. Mogee outputs MIDI signals, so you can map just about any instrument to your vibrations and get creative. It’s a fully-funded Kickstarter, and a £96 ($147) pledge will get you one with delivery in November!

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Meater Is The World’s First Truly Wireless Meat Thermometer

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You know, a well-done steak is also known as “overpriced beef jerky”; anything above medium-rare is just a travesty. Now, it’s true that you can avoid ruining a beautiful cut with an array of tools: experience as a cook, using fancy techniques like sous-vide cooking, or getting a meat thermometer. Bringing some innovation to the field of thermometers, Meater bills itself as “The World’s First Truly Wireless Meat Thermometer”, and has enough features to make its purchase palatable. Each thermometer connects to your smartphone and instantly transmits the internal temperature of the protein it’s inserted into. Simply tell the app what you’re cooking, and as soon as it’s reached its desired internal temperature, you’ll get a notification. Gone are the days where you have to stay by your food’s side, obsessing over whether it’s ready, freeing you to entertain your guests or prepare some other dish.

The electronics won’t overheat since they’re insulated by the surrounding meat, so you can safely use the probe in the oven or on a grill. The external probe even monitors the ambient temperature, perfect for smoking or long BBQ roasts where maintaining the external cooking temperature is extremely important.

It’ll cost you a $59 pledge for 1 Meater probe and its charger, or $148 for the Meater Block (which provides multi-storage for the probe, Wifi range extension, as well as a display) and two probes.

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Canon Develops a 250-megapixel Sensor

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Still shooting with an 8MP sensor? Pff, that’s for kids. Canon just announced that they’ve developed an APS-H-sized CMOS sensor with an astounding 250-megapixel resolution. That’s enough pixels to read the lettering on an airliner flying as far as 18 km (11 miles) away! And despite having to tranmit data from a ridiculous number of pixels, advances in miniaturization and signal processing mean that this sensor is able to process 1.25 billion pixels per second, allowing you to shoot at up to 5 frames per second.

The sensor can also be used to record video footage at a resolution 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), and 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), though only at five frames per second. This would let users crop and magnify video images while retaining Full HD or 4K resolution.

The sensor was tested on a prototype camera, which means we’re not about to see cameras sporting it anytime soon. But knowing it exists does mean you can eventually expect to see it pop-up, although initially “in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.” Give it enough time though, and we’re sure it’ll end up in a dSLR for an astronomical price.

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