Tea fans get some tech love, too,
from the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. This programmable unit has controls to calibrate perfect steep times for
different varietals. Water temperature
can be read from an LCD display, and
the pot will keep water warm for up to
an hour. Users can also preprogram the
tea maker to ensure that tea is always
ready when they want it. (brevilleusa.
If tackling complex recipes has
you fumbling through the cooking
phase, you might benefit from SmartyPans, a cooking pan with digital features designed to walk a cook through
a recipe, add the proper ingredients
at the right time, and wait the proper
time between steps. Temperature and
weight sensors collect data that a connected app uses to track nutrition levels as the food cooks. Users can even
share recipes they’ve created with the
SmartyPans community. (smartypans.
Steve Brachmann writes on technology, business, and
legal topics for IPWatchdog.com, a blog focused on
intellectual property law. He lives in Allentown.