Remote Control Stove Lets You Start Dinner Before You Even Leave Work

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A company called AGA is about to deal a real blow to the frozen dinner industry. Its new iTotal Control stove can be remotely operated from a phone or computer with a net connection, letting users remotely turn on their oven, ensuring a hot meal awaits them when they get home.


The iTotal Control stove comes with an active SIM card so users can turn on the oven, the burners, and even specify a specific cooking mode like simmer, all from a simple text message. And when the command is received, the stove will respond with a confirmation SMS so the user knows the appliance has come to life.

But since the stove stays connected to the internet all day, users also have the option of logging into a website after registering their appliance, or downloading an iOS or Android app, which all provide a streamlined graphical interface for operating the iTotal Control.

It all sounds quite convenient and a dream come true for people who live alone—until you consider how dangerous this could actually be if someone swiped your phone and decided to 'prank' you. Nothing's funnier than remote arson. And then there's the stove's $15,700+ price tag and $9 monthly service fee for its GSM connection. It's then you realize that cheap frozen dinners aren't so bad after all. [AGA via PSFK]


There's a problem with suggesting that you can cook dinner remotely with this stove: Food poisoning. If you work 8+ hours a day and plan to cook a meal remotely for dinner, you prepare the food in the morning and then it sits around at room temperature for 5-6 hours in the oven while the oven waits for the signal to turn it on. All sorts of nasty bacteria have an opportunity to grow during that time. I wouldn't eat anything that's been sitting around that long at that temperature unless I want to vomit it back up the following day. That makes this stove very gimmicky. Useful if you forgot to turn it off and leave the house or plan to only be away for an hour, maybe two and want to start it during that time. But definitely not worth the cost when timers exist.

You might wonder about crock pots. Crock pots are different - the food is cooking during that entire time. It isn't exactly safe to leave a crock pot alone for eight hours (fire hazard). However, the food is safe for consumption because the food only stays at suboptimal temperatures for a couple of hours at most in a sealed, bacteria killing environment - generally no worse than other cooking methods (except vegetables apparently lose more nutrients).