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Easy to use bluetooth food scale with companion iOS app that tracks what you eat and provides accurate nutritional information.
Easy to use bluetooth food scale with companion iOS app that tracks what you eat and provides accurate nutritional information.
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The Home Stretch

It's the bottom of the 9th inning and the bases are loaded. We stepped up to the plate and just pointed our bat towards the outfield stands–time to knock this thing outta the park. If you're not into baseball: we're very close to getting our smart food scale and iOS app into your eager hands. Thanks to your input, we've made some awesome changes and upgrades. Right now we're working out some of the finer details to get things just right, but wanted to give your the first look at what you've helped create.

Introducing Prep Pad. The smart food scale designed like no other. 

Prep Pad™ is the heavy weight of food scales. American made, with our signature, recycled wood/paper composite top and a unibody aluminum base, Prep Pad is thin enough to be stored in any drawer but beautiful enough that you won't want to. Featuring low energy, Bluetooth® 4 LE wireless connectivity, the scale and the app connect automatically. And with an accuracy equal to the weight of a paperclip, you’ll have a precise sense of control.

  • One touch auto connect with auto on/off
  • Bluetooth 4 LE
  • Top material approved by the National Sanitary Foundation & Forest Stewardship Council
  • Unibody aluminum base
  • Anti-slip feet
  • +/– 1 gram accuracy
  • Handles up to 15lbs
  • American Made

Introducing Countertop. The immeasurable magic behind the measurable.

Designed for iOS, Countertop™ is the brains behind the braun. With built–in smart logic and beautiful visualization, Countertop tames the internet’s food knowledge base and puts it at your fingertips. As you prepare your meal one ingredient at a time, Countertop gives you access to a database of 300,000 foods including restaurant foods and the ability to scan UPC barcodes. With real time feedback you’ll be able to make better meal choices and, for the first time, accurately track your consumption habits bite by bite.

  • Works with iPhone 4S/5 and iPad 3/4 (requires iOS + Bluetooth 4 LE)
  • Free download from the App Store™
  • Supports multiple user accounts
  • Customizable settings based on your physical traits and personal goals
  • Macro nutrient view, Micro nutrient view, Ingredient view and USDA view
  • On-the-fly meal making
  • 300,000 item food database with the ability to scan UPC barcodes
  • Save to history and share function (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Evernote, Email)

Get Hands On At TechCrunch Disrupt SF

We'll be doing the first public showing of Prep Pad and Countertop on September 11th at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. If you're in the Bay Area we invite you to come visit us and get a hands-on demo with the idea you helped make a reality. We'll also be posting to social media that day if you want to follow online. #theorangechefco

Chef Sleeve Is Now The Orange Chef Company

Chef Sleeves were our first product and helped define our mission by making it safe to bring the iPad in to the kitchen. We've grown up since then and are embarking on our greater mission creating confidence and discovery in the kitchen. We want to be the smart cooking company and thanks to your help with Prep Pad and Countertop, we're well on our way. That said, we've outgrown Chef Sleeve as a company and brand name. We will continue to create and offer supporting products like Chef Sleeves, but we feel now is the time to adopt a new name. Since we've always loved the orange chef logo we've had from day one, we're going to become him. We are now The Orange Chef Company.

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      Tom Dwenger on September 6, 2013

      I would really like to see an android app. I am just not a fan of apple products and i even own a few. Hopefully you guys will be releasing one cause that would be awesome. I'd hate to have to buy something i don't want to be able to use with this awesome scale. Hopefully there will be other interfaces with it that i can use like my pc or something like that.

    2. Chef Sleeve Creator on September 6, 2013

      Thomas, we are talking to several tracking companies like LoseIt. We hope to be able to offer integration across the board. We still need some time to finalize our API but our intent is to make meal information shareable.

    3. Chef Sleeve Creator on September 6, 2013

      Christian, the Countertop app will work on iPad mini. The requirements for Countertop are Bluetooth 4 LE and iOS 6/7. This includes: iPad 3/4, iPad mini, iPhone 4S/5.

      Laird, you will be able to create any recipe you want and share across social media. There will not be a catalog of recipes. You are, however, showing a great deal of foresight. We have big plans for this new platform. And pour over coffee should be a snap.

    4. Thomas Townsend on September 6, 2013

      I use LoseIt as my main go to app for meal planning, plus it has an awesome database of foods & keeps track of the foot items I routinely use. Additionally, I can build / add recipes with my food selections and add portions of those recipes to my meals. While having access to Food DB is fine, having the ability to sync these items to a meal planner like LoseIt is an IMPERATIVE function. Please, Please do Not over look this!!

    5. Laird Popkin
      on September 6, 2013

      Looks beautiful!

      Will the catalog of recipes be extensible? I would love to use the scale for (for example) weighing and timing pour-over coffee.

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      Christian Paul Westergaard on September 6, 2013

      Will Countertop work on the iPad mini?

    7. Chef Sleeve Creator on September 6, 2013

      Thanks, Brad. We took into account much of the feedback we received in the forums and on KickStarter.

      Herbert, the prototype scale had a non–functioning display because we Frankensteined it from available parts. Prep Pad will not have a display. It's something we gave much thought to. We even looked into "invisible displays". We chose to focus on the iPad and iPhone as the heroes. They have Retina displays. It doesn't get any better than that. We also are not intending to make a typical food scale (though you could use it as such). We deleted the display (along with every button except the power button) for several other reasons:
      -To maximize surface area while minimizing footprint (with a screen and buttons you lose about 25% of the surface area or end up with a scale 25% larger).
      -If you add food to the scale or a plate or a bowl, the screen becomes hidden anyway.
      -When using the Countertop App the scale display and app display would be out of sync since one is tracking overall weight and the other the weight of each item. This would be confusing.
      -We want the simplest and best user experience, and we feel that happens on iPad/iPhone, not the scale.

    8. Brad McGonigle on September 6, 2013

      Looking amazing and even better than I hoped for. I can't wait to get my hands on it with the app to give it a try.

      Interested in Herbert's question as well though.

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      Herbert on September 6, 2013

      Hi, does the scale work also as stand alone device (for simple measurements) or only in combination with an ipad/phone as display? Your original design featured a display on the top. I couldn't make one out from the picture if a display is still present directly on the device.