This project's funding goal was not reached on July 22, 2014.
About this project
We didn't make it this time, but you can still cook smarter with our Range smartphone thermometer, now for sale at http://supermechanical.com/range.
Making good food for friends and family is rewarding, but it's not always as fun or easy as it could be. You could use an assistant to check the temperature of your roast, set the timer when your hands are full, or remind you when you left the oven on.
Range Oven Intelligence is that assistant. It's more than just a Bluetooth cooking thermometer — it's the brain for your oven or grill that communicates temperature, time, and oven activity to your smartphone via Bluetooth LE. You don't have to buy a whole new oven to modernize your kitchen; just attach Range to what you have now. Range makes precision cooking easy, alerts your phone or Pebble smartwatch that you left the oven on when you're leaving home, and of course, tells you the exact temperature of your food. Set it and forget it — Range will tell you when you need to come back to the kitchen.
Range Oven Intelligence is great for grilling, roasting, barbecuing, frying, baking, homebrewing, sous vide, and making candy, yogurt, cheese and chocolate. Anywhere you need to measure the heat in something you're going to eat, Range OI is the tool for you.
We've had many conversations with culinary professionals and people like us who wanted to cook better. That led us to our first Range smartphone thermometer, kickstarted last year and now shipping to great reviews. We learned a lot on the way, and Range Oven Intelligence was born out of our experiences. Whether you're hovering over the grill to guess when your steak is done, or you're a chef making a three-course meal, you can save time and effort.
What is it?
Range Oven Intelligence is a wedge of computing power that sticks to your cooking appliance to read its moods — off, preheating, on, cooldown — and stores precision cooking thermometers. Range OI uses Bluetooth LE to communicate all this information to your iPhone, Android device, or Pebble at the right time, so you only need to return to the kitchen to put your food in, take your dinner out, or turn your oven off.
Contains a professional-grade thermometer (or two)
The thermometer in Range Oven Intelligence builds on our previous experience making smartphone thermometers. It can take the heat, being slammed in oven doors, and being dunked in water or your homebrew. And it's got the same accuracy and responsiveness as the original Range smart thermometer, so now you'll have an assistant to diligently graph and record your kitchen experiments.
What's new? We've responded to the top requests from backers and customers of last year's Range smartphone thermometer. You wanted wireless and Android support. Via Bluetooth Low Energy, Range OI connects to your iPhone, iPad, and now, Android device or Pebble smartwatch. You wanted dual thermometer support. The Chef Intelligence and Grill Intelligence models provide just what you asked for. To the app, we've also added better graphing and predicted done times, so you can know when to expect your brisket or turkey will reach temperature.
The freedom of Bluetooth LE
The biggest leap we've made is making Range OI wireless. Using Bluetooth LE, you can now walk away from your kitchen and still receive alerts, live temperatures and all oven data. That alone wasn't enough. Bluetooth devices get a bad rap for short range, because they usually use a cheap antenna and throttle the power in order to save battery life.
We didn't compromise — Range OI has superior range and battery life. We use a more expensive chip antenna and are working with the manufacturer to tune it for the best possible performance. (Exact range still depends on your environment.) In addition, it's powered by a AA battery, which has 4 times the capacity of a coin cell — this allows us to turn the Bluetooth radio up to full strength and still get a whole year of battery life.
Intelligence on your oven
Each Range OI possesses Intelligence, which is a combination of software smarts and additional temperature and vibration sensors built into the base that detect when your cooking appliance is in use, when it's preheating and when it's on. Nothing else does this. You can check oven status on your smartphone, double-tap your oven to speak the predicted done time without taking your phone out of your pocket, or let RangeOI figure out when to tell you that something needs your attention.
With every model, you also get:
- Bluetooth Low Energy so you don't have to be tethered to the oven.
- Stainless steel and silicone construction. Food-safe, eco-friendly, good-feeling and hand washable. The thermometers are submersible, and the base is water-resistant — it can take kitchen splashes or a bit of rain.
- Thermometer range from -40ºF to 450ºF (-40ºC to 230ºC) with 1º accuracy.
- Over 1 year of battery life with a single AA battery.
- Strong magnetic base for easy installation.
Which Range is right for you?
We've designed three models for specific uses, which differ in thermometer types and cable options.
- Range Oven Intelligence (white/mint or black/mint) includes a 3" sharp thermometer for meat, grilling, and roasting.
- Range Chef Intelligence (ice white) includes the 3" sharp thermometer, and adds a 6" round thermometer for candy making, homebrewing, and complete versatility in the kitchen. You can use both thermometers at the same time.
- Range Grill Intelligence (coal black) includes the 3" sharp thermometer, and adds an ambient temperature probe for precise slow cooking and all-day smoking, and incredibly durable fiberglass cables for protection against direct flame . (We tested it with a blowtorch.) You can't get a thermometer this tough anywhere else.
- Get alert notifications on your smartphone, tablet, Pebble smartwatch, or AllJoyn-compatible TV with the Range app.
- Get a notification when your oven is finished preheating.
- Get a reminder when you leave the house with your oven on, or if you haven't used it in a while.
- Send a "dinner bell" notification to your family.
- Set alerts at multiple temperatures with a flick of your thumb. Get notified when temperatures rise or fall past your mark.
- Broadcast the temperature to other devices — even if they're across town.
- Double-tap your oven to set a timer, speak the internal temperature and time until done, or send a dinner bell to other devices.
- Built-in gourmet temperature recommendations for juicier results.
- Save and share recipe graphs to analyze temperature over time, and repeat your best recipes.
- Rangefinder guides to view temperature bands to target for meat, candy, and other classes of edible items.
- Get predicted time left until your dinner is perfectly cooked.
RangeOI works with iOS 7 and Android 4.3 devices that have Bluetooth Low Energy. If it works with Fitbit [https://www.fitbit.com/devices], it'll work with Range. These include: • Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5 and Note 2, Moto X, HTC One and Nexus 5 • iPhone 4s, iPad (3rd generation), iPad mini, iPod touch (5th generation), and newer
App ecosystem and integration
We're working with Pebble to make checking on your meal as easy as lifting your wrist to see temperature and oven status — especially handy when your hands are full somewhere else. Range also sends notifications to AllJoyn-compatible devices such as the LG WebOS TV, so you can get the family down to the dinner table.
In addition to our own app, Range Oven Intelligence works with Pebble, iBrewMaster, GrillingTime, and RoastMaster — with our SDK it can work with your app too. If you can make web pages, you can make an app for your oven (or stove, or grill).
Where we are now
Our experience with the Range smart thermometer has informed the design of RangeOI. We've already good at making an app-enabled cooking thermometer. We've hammered down the new design after many cycles of sketches and prototypes. We've thoroughly tested the fundamental electronic design. We've got manufacturing quotes, most of which are from existing partners, and a very detailed and boring project schedule that outlines all the remaining steps.
What we do nextThis Kickstarter will fund the remainder of Range Oven Intelligence development, allow us to meet the minimum order quantities for parts, and help us secure equipment needed for production. Your pledge will help us fund electronic components, the tooling and materials for injection molding the parts, assembly, certifications, packaging, development of a Range 2.0 app that adds Android support and new features that even existing Range customers can take advantage of.
Who we are
Supermechanical simplifies life by giving an electronic soul to everyday objects in the kitchen and home. You may remember us from the Range smart thermometer and Twine web-connected sensor block. We were founded in 2011 out of John's graduate work at the MIT Media Lab's Information Ecology research group, where he explored ways to incorporate connectivity into physical interfaces — building "up" from familiar objects like wallets and nightstands rather than trying to adapt general-purpose computers. We're designers and engineers who have appeared in all your favorite media — The Verge, Wired, Engadget, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Cool Hunting.
Why should you trust us?
We've done this before. With the support of our backers from Twine and Range, we've learned the logistics of manufacturing and shipping hardware on a large scale. Delays happen, and they've happened to us. Each time, we've gained knowledge and experience.
Backing a project on Kickstarter is more than just a preorder (and it's definitely not a store) — you're coming along with us on a journey to make a product the world has never seen before. Sometimes it will be exciting and sometimes it will be boring. Either way, we'll keep you updated the whole time — and when you get your RangeOI we want you to keep us updated on how it fits into your kitchen.
Music once again by Russ Bonsall, who has a degree in this so you know it's good.
Risks and challenges
Making hardware is hard — every hardware product has a supply chain. Different companies may provide components, make custom parts, and assemble electronics. Each link in the chain can be a failure point — a part has to be redone because it's not up to our specifications, a shipment gets delayed, etc.
We've got a lot of experience doing this. We've already vetted and picked suppliers, many of whom we've worked with before. We’ve separated rewards into anticipated delivery dates based on production runs — even if we need to make more than expected we’ll be able to get everyone their rewards when promised.
In addition to the risks involved in making hardware, we'll be at the mercy of Apple for approval in the App Store. The Range app for iOS is already in the App Store, so we expect no major problems with updating it to support Range OI.
Come join us on the journey to a connected kitchen. Are you ready? We're ready!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Range OI is wireless to your phone, but it requires a cord because the electronics and battery cannot withstand oven temperatures (and even if they could, Bluetooth doesn't work when it's in a metal box like your grill or oven). The silicone cable we use (or the fiberglass one on the Grill Intelligence) has been proven to stand up to heat, moisture, and abuse in our previous Range thermometer.
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