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Does the World Really Need a Smartphone-Controlled Rice Cooker?

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The world may not, but according to Panasonic, Japan certainly does. The company's new SR-SX2 is about as fancy as rice cookers get, since it includes wireless RFID hardware letting it be programmed and configured using an Android smartphone.


Set to hit the market in June for well over a grand, the rice cooker works with FeliCa-enabled smartphones, which is an RFID smart card system developed by Sony. Through a downloadable app users can specify the type of rice they're cooking, the length of timers, and other settings, all by touching their phone to a blue icon on the cooker's lid.

They can even download cooking instructions for a specific recipe, which can be transferred and stored on the cooker, or in a cloud-based service. It does seem a little overkill, but then again you can get coffee makers that cost well over a thousand dollars, and I don't think coffee has ever been a staple of any country's diet. [Panasonic via RocketNews24]

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I have 2 rice cookers. Both under $100 each and work like superstars. Why in the world would someone need a $1000 rice cooker? That's like paying $1000 for a coffee maker......wait...what?