updated 04:20 pm EST, Sat January 29, 2011
Temperatuer updates sent via Bluetooth
It is not quite grilling season in most of the country, but iDevices is already showing off its iGrill system for iOS devices. MacNN stopped by the company's Macworld Expo booth to check out the impressive system, which helps to eliminate the need to constantly run outside and manually check meat temperatures for the perfect doneness.
The system centers around a temperature probe that can be left in the meat through the duration of the cooking cycle. The probe connects to a small box, which also displays the temperature so chefs do not have to use an iPad in every situation. We also like the smooth design that seems easier to properly clean than many standalone thermometers.
While food is cooking, iGrill sends temperature information to the company's app via Bluetooth. Range is said to extend to 200 feet, long enough for most people to monitor the temperature from inside the home. Users can even set up additional probes for simultaneous monitoring of two different pieces of meat.
The entire system is simple yet impressive, while the $100 price tag seems reasonable for the features. Customers don't have to pay $200 for two systems, as the extra probe only adds another $20 to the base price.