1. Egg Minder.

EggminderIs that egg still good? You don’t want to find out the hard way. The Egg Minder can keep you apprised of how old your eggs are, and even tracks the number you have remaining. Perfect when you’re debating the purchase at the grocery store. Using a complementary mobile app, Egg Minder will send you a push notification when it’s time to replenish that egg supply.

Price: $49.99

2. Prep PadPrep%20pad

The Prep Pad takes the digital food scale to a whole new level. Part smart scale, part nutritional guide, part dietician, the Prep Pad allows you to not only measure your food, but also determine the nutritional content of everything you place on top.

Using an iPad app (iPhone app in the works), you specify what item you are weighing (manually or with a barcode) and it displays helpful dietary information including calories, protein, fats and carbs.


3. Blendtec Designer 700


A blender might not be the first thing you think of when you hear “high-tech kitchen,” but Blendtec’s appliances put that notion to rest. The Blendtec Designer 700, its newest model, features a whopping 1700-watt motor, six pre-programmed options and a very cool touchscreen interface for ultimate control of your blending needs.

Price: $749

4. Belkin Crock-Pot WeMo Slow Cooker


Crock Pot meals can be the ultimate in convenience and time-saving, but they only work when you remember to turn them on. With the WeMo-enabled Slow Cooker and your smartphone, you can turn on your chicken chili from anywhere, as well as adjust the temperature, alter cooking time and even get reminders so you’ll never be stuck with raw chicken again.

Price: $99.99 (available in the spring)

5. GE Brillion


Speaking of cooking from afar, the GE Brillion app (which we covered in January) works with several GE Profile wall ovens to enable remote turn-on, preheating while you’re driving home, temperature changes and checking meat probe settings. The app will also alert you when your gorgeous pot roast is done.

The best part is never again having to worry if you’ve left the oven on.

Price: Varies depending on oven model

Over the past few years, there has been a surge of home automation products to make our lives easier, more efficient and, in many cases, even more reliant on our smartphones.

With the kitchen being a central hub of activity, it’s no surprise that a lot of these advances in home tech revolve around the things we enjoy most — cooking, eating, and spending time with family and friends.
In the gallery above, we’ve rounded up 10 neat kitchen gadgets that we can expect will become the norm in the decked-out — that is, “teched-out” — homes of the near future.

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