Of all the ordinary things we can now link up to our smartphones and tablets–watches, scales, cars and even those dumb slabs that serve as our front doors–the humble kitchen thermometer doesn’t seem like an especially exciting candidate. But imagine being able to pore over graphs of botched loaves when trying to perfect the elusive art of at-home bread baking. Or being able to keep an eye on the temperature of a bird in the oven while running to the store to grab some forgotten supply. Or even just being able to monitor its temperature without opening the oven in the first place. That’s the appeal of Range, the smart kitchen thermometer you probably never knew you wanted in the first place. Range was created by Supermechanical, an Austin-based design studio founded by MIT Media Lab alums David Carr and John Kestner. It comes in two varieties: a shorter, ember-colored version for meats, and a longer aqua one for sauces, candies, cheeses, beers and the like. Both plug into the headphone jack of your iPhone or iPad and communicate with a companion app. In portrait mode, it gives you a simple interface for setting the temperature with one finger. In landscape, it […]
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