Small Appliances Smarten Up

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It’s not just majaps that are ushering smart connectivity into the kitchen — consumers are now able to use their smartphones and tablets to control nearly any type of small appliance that lives on the counter. Here’s a snapshot of some of the newest connected kitchen devices to be announced.

Philips’ Saeco GranBaristo Avanti is a fully automatic espresso machine that can connect to a smartphone or tablet. Using the accompanying app, consumers can prepare and customize up to 18 coffee beverages. It is currently available for a $2,999 suggested retail.

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The Gourmia Wi-Fi-and Bluetooth-enabled Sous Vide Pod is designed to display both the current temperature of the water and the temperature a water oven is set to reach, the latter of which can be adjusted remotely using an app. The Pod clips to the side of any container, said Gourmia, and circulates up to 1.5 gallons of heated water per minute. It can be used with or without the mobile app, and will be available in Q3 for a $199 suggested retail.

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Owners of the Prodigio smart Nespresso machine can use their smartphones to program the machine to make several different beverages and receive an alert when they’re ready. The app will also monitor the number of remaining capsules and the machine’s water levels. It’s currently available for $249.

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