The crockpot is one of the most useful kitchen tools ever invented. This is not sarcasm; if you can chop things, put them in a pot, and add liquid, a slow cooker essentially makes it possible for you to cook. But, of course, even the humble crockpot can be improved, or at least that’s what Belkin thinks.
Slow Cooking, Fast Internet Speeds
You may already be familiar with Belkin’s WeMo branding; it’s essentially what they use for their home automation products. Mostly Belkin’s used it for smart outlets, light switches, and bulbs; they essentially allow you to, for example, cut off the juice to anything connected to an outlet or configure the light around the house to whatever you’d like. So what does that bring to the slow cooker?
A Full Crock In Every Home
Essentially, it turns your Crockpot into something more akin to a sous vide. As anybody who owns a Crockpot knows, they’re pretty simple: You turn the dial and the pot takes care of the rest. WeMo allows you to tweak the temperature via the app while you’re away and set timers to ensure you don’t somehow manage to overcook the dish you’ve put in the slow cooker. Admittedly, that’s rather hard to do, but some people find a way.
Braised And Broiled
Of course, there’s more to this than just the Crockpot, as neat as it may be. Belkin has entered into a partnership with the Jarden Corporation, which, if you’re a kitchen nerd, you know has a lot of branded small kitchen and household appliances, like Crockpot, Mr. Coffee, Bionaire, and others under its belt. Belkin would obviously very much like to be a part of the “Internet of Things”, and if this is any indication, a crockpot you control on the Internet will really just be the start.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.