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Bluetooth-Enabled Pan of the Future Raises $30,000 on Kickstarter

The Pantelligent will prevent you from burning your pancakes.

"The heat is a bit too high," says Pantelligent.
"The heat is a bit too high," says Pantelligent.
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A high-tech frying pan touted by its creator as "the next evolutionary leap in the kitchen" has already raised over $30,000 on Kickstarter. The aptly named Pantelligent, the brainchild of a chef/MIT engineer, "has a temperature sensor inside it that communicates with the Pantelligent smartphone app," and claims it can guide folks through the process of properly cooking just about anything.

According to the Kickstarter, the magic of Pantelligent lies in the "patent pending design that accurately measures the temperature of the pan’s cooking surface." Mysterious "electronics" located in the pan's handle then use Bluetooth to transmit that information to a smartphone, enabling the app to keep the user informed on "how hot the pan is [and] how hot it should be," as well as "let[ting] you know when its time to add ingredients, stir or flip."

Cooks who need hand-holding will apparently find themselves limited to the cache of recipes contained within the app.  However, the app is pre-loaded with "dozens" of recipes, from pancakes and crepes to seared scallops and risotto. (Pantelligent also includes a "freestyle" mode that will allow the user to set a target temperature for the pan and warns if the pan gets too hot or cold, which sounds only marginally useful.) There's also an intriguing-sounding "Record Recipe" mode that "enables you to capture an expert’s cooking and then follow the same steps again later," which could come in handy for replicating grandma's mac and cheese.

People who pledge $199 or more are estimated to receive their fancy pans by August 2015; those willing to cough up $2K can snag a prototype in January, though no one's been so bold just yet.

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