With your home now secure and perfectly lit, you’re ready to move from the basics to a couple of slightly stranger, but very useful, IoT innovations.
At first glance, the Drop Scale (shown, $99, getdrop.com), which pairs a weighing scale with an app on your Apple device, might seem like a gimmick. Look closer, though, and you’ll find a clever kitchen gizmo that makes cooking such a no-brainer you’ll have no excuse for blowing your eating regimen on lazy take-out.
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Here’s how it works: Choose a recipe from the hundreds available on the Drop app. (The company’s also working on app tweaks to allow users to add their own.) As you add each ingredient to a bowl you place on top of the scale, the app will signal you when the right quantity has been reached—no measuring spoons or cups required. It can even suggest a simple substitution if you’re out of an ingredient or, if you have less of something than the recipe calls for, recalibrate all the measurements to go with it. It’s programmable, too, so you can cook one meal or an entire week’s without fiddling with calculations.
And, bonus: The firm just added cocktail recipes—so once dinner’s in the oven, use Drop to mix the perfect aperitif, then sip, smugly, as you wait.
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The other intriguing IoT gizmo is one of those rare Kickstarter success stories you hear about. Sammy Screamer Motion Alarm ($43, bleepbleeps.com) is a tiny, triangular motion sensor that’s Bluetooth enabled and has a magnetized back and hanging loop. Attach it to an object, and if it’s moved, it will emit a high-pitched scream (at whatever volume you set) and send an alert to its Android or iOS app up to 100 feet away.
It’s designed to be a parenting tool (think booby-trapped jars of cookies), but I think it’s the perfect theft-proofing device hidden in the frame of a pricey bicycle, or stashed in the backpack hanging on your chair in a coffee shop.
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