It's one of the simplest appliances in your kitchen, but how many times have you popped bread in a toaster, only to have it nuke your slice because the previous user had it set to well done? Too often, which is why Griffin Technology's shiny new Connected Toaster isn't that absurd of an idea.
The move to smarter appliances has been met with a lukewarm reception from consumers as most "dumb" appliances work just fine the way they are. The toaster, however, has been around since 1893 and is still recklessly burning slices of bread. But its reign of terror over breakfast might soon be at an end.
Griffin Technology's Connected Toaster features a simple two-slot design that relies on precise, digitally-controlled heating elements allowing users to dial in the precise temperature, and the perfect toasting time. And to ensure that you never forget to adjust the toasting settings before you pop your bread in, the Connected Toaster uses a Bluetooth connection to a free smartphone app that stores and recalls a user's toasting preferences -- be it lighter, darker, for a bagel or even for gluten-free bread.
Is the guarantee that your toast will end up with a perfect golden-brown finish be enough to convince you to fork over $US100 ($138) when the Connected Toaster is available in the US in the first half of 2017? More, since you'll have to pay for shipping as the Australian pricing and release date have not been announced. It's that or getting used to scraping burnt bread into the sink every morning.
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