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GE-Backed FirstBuild Introduces Smart Baking Pans

Smart bakeware is now a thing.

FirstBuild, a “global co-creation community” backed by Haier’s GE Appliances unit, is debuting a Precision Bakeware that notifies owners when baked goods have reached the ideal temperature.

“This is the first known integration between bakeware, ovens and smartphone apps, that allows anyone to bake the perfect cake based on the ideal finished temperature of the food,” said Larry Portaro, director, FirstBuild. “And you don’t have to hover over your oven with a thermometer or toothpick to get there. You can walk away and wait for your smartphone app or your GE Appliances oven to let you know when your cheesecake is done just right.”

An online community of engineers, designers, makers and home enthusiasts, FirstBuild was formed to take crowd-sourced ideas and make them a reality for consumers.

“Right now, we are using our prototypes to test and develop traditionally difficult-to-bake items such as cheesecakes and quiches — and the results have been delicious,” said Chris Naber, product developer. “We will soon be expanding our testing to breads, pies and other popular baked goods. This will truly take the guesswork out of baking and is ideal for anyone from pastry chefs to first-time cakemakers.”

The product line is expected to become commercially available on the FirstBuild website in early 2018 and will be designed to work with GE Appliances’ connected ovens.