Prep Pad measures ingredients by nutritional values

Prep Pad connected weighing scale

Prep Pad connected weighing scale

The Orange Kitchen, a startup known for making connected kitchen devices, has come up with an ingenious hardware for the health-conscious home cooks. The Prep Pad is a kitchen scale that connects to the iPad via Bluetooth and comes with an app that displays nutritional information of the food being weighed.

Unveiled during TechCrunch Disrupt conference, the Prep Pad consists of an aluminum frame with a paper composite surface that can easily be wiped down for hygienic cleaning. It sports electronic circuitry that would help measure ingredients with +/-1 gram accuracy, as well as connect the device wirelessly with an iPad.

This kitchen scale is designed to provide consumers more power on how they control their eating habits by visualizing the nutrition values of different foods in real time. They can also adjust the amount of ingredients and see if it has achieved a more healthy balance. It sends data via Bluetooth to Prep Pad’s compatible app called Countertop, turning the weight data into a visual nutritional pie.

Countertop nutrional value measurement app, a companion app for Prep Pad,

Users can specify which ingredients are being weighed either through manual selection, scanning a product barcode, or even voice capture. The app then displays a visualization of that ingredient’s nutritional balance in the form of a score from 1 to 100, as well as the amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. The nutritional balance score is customized according to user’s input, such as exercise level and health goals.

Note that the Countertop app does not show the actual weight of the ingredient, but instead displays whether the ingredient is enough of too much for you.

The Prep Pad connected kitchen scale is due to land this November with a suggested retail price of $150. Pre-orders are now being accepted on its website.

The Orange Chef also plans on coming up with a whole range of connected kitchen tools, such as a smart meat thermometer that will inform the user if the steak is cooked, instead of providing basic temperature data.

Source: TechCrunch

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