The Internet of Things Is Coming to the Kitchen

Jarden, a small appliance maker that owns Crock Pot, Mr. Coffee, Oster, and many other well-known brands, will soon begin offering connected appliances with practical uses that customers communicate with through their smartphones. They will be doing things that previously required the presence of a person.

The company has partnered with Belkin, which offers the WeMo home automation line. WeMo products include light switches, power outlets, and related products that allow users to monitor cost and usage of various home electronics from a smartphone app. Belkin’s partnership with Jarden takes home automation beyond monitoring and actually brings about practical applications. The first product in the line will be a WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker. From a smartphone users will be able change cooking time, adjust temperature, and check the status of their dish. The slow cooker is being released this month by Belkin and Jarden.

The two companies have not announced release dates but did show WeMo-enabled products at the 2014 Consumers Electronics Show that included a Mr. Coffee branded coffee maker and a heater, a humidifier, and an air purifier under the Holmes brand. … (Read more)