Drop’s intelligent kitchen scale will tweak the recipe if you’re low on ingredients

Is there anything more irritating than getting halfway through a recipe, and then suddenly discovering you don’t have quite enough of a certain ingredient? You could always leave the house and go pick up more, but if you’d rather not make another trip to the store next time this happens, check out the iPad connected Drop kitchen scale.

It’s definitely not the only smart kitchen scale out there, but unlike some of the others on the market, Drop has the unique ability to recognize when you’ve finished weighing one ingredient and are ready to add the next, and can instantly adjust the quantities for your favorite recipe based on the amount of ingredients you have left. In the event that you’re missing an ingredient altogether, the app will even suggest substitutes that will give you similar results, making it ideal for cooks who need to follow exact ratios to ensure that their recipe turns out as they intended.

drop scaleOne of Drop’s co-founders was inspired to create the device after watching his sister struggle with determining what quantity of ingredients she needed, and figuring out how to substitute items she didn’t have for those that were in her cupboard. After realizing this was a common problem amongst other cooks, he gathered up a team of designers to come up with a solution. A few months later, after a brief stint in the hardware development accelerator Highway1, Drop was born.

App-connected scales like this already exist for cocktail-mixing purposes, but up until now, nobody has applied the idea to kitchen scales. It’s a pretty brilliant idea, especially when you consider how crucial exact measurements can be in certain recipes.

Starting today, the device is available online for just $100. In addition to being able to buy Drop on the company’s website, you can also find it in Apple’s online store, and it’s expected to hit brick-and-mortar Apple stores starting next Tuesday.

Article updated on November 14, 2014 to include availability and pricing information. Originally published March 21, 2014. 

Smart Home

Thermomix introduces a small appliance that can do it all

The Thermomix TM6 just might be what you're looking for. This all-in-one appliance can perform 20 unique tasks that will cut down on the work of meal preparation and will help you cook just about anything.
Computing

Enjoy Windows on a Chromebook with these great tips and tricks

If you want to push the functionality of your new Chromebook to another level, and Linux isn't really your deal, you can try installing Windows on a Chromebook. Here's how to do so in case you're looking to nab some Windows-only software.
Smart Home

Which Instant Pot is best? Whether cooking for 1 or 9, here are the best options

Instant Pots are perfect home cooks who love versatility in the kitchen, and for those who like to prepare quick and easy meals. Check out our picks for the best Instant Pots.
Deals

It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for March 2019

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Smart Home

Amazon knocks down the price on the second-generation Echo smart speaker

Amazon just knocked down the price of the second-generation Echo smart speaker with Alexa by 25 percent. The Echo can answer questions, control smart home devices, fill a room with music with its Dolby speakers, and make hands-free calls.
Smart Home

Smeg Dolce and Gabbana small appliances make an art gallery of your kitchen

Spice up your kitchen with Smeg's Dolce and Gabbana-styled Sicily Is My Love collection. Following its introduction of Sicilian-themed major appliances, the Italian collaborators added countertop devices with traditional icons and images.
Smart Home

Whatever happened to those dumb smart products we wrote about in 2017?

A smart salt dispenser? As manufacturers rush to get the next new smart item out there, we wonder if all these new inventions are really necessary. Here’s a list of 10 of the quirkiest home smart gadgets available, and where they are now.
Smart Home

Sign up for Amazon’s Prime Book Box and get an Echo Dot Kids Edition for $1

Do your kids like books? Sign up for Amazon's Prime Book Box for kids through March 26 and you can get an Echo Dot Kids Edition for just $0.99. The Prime Book Box includes two to four books, delivered every one, two, or three months.
Smart Home

Ikea isn’t throwing shade with the delayed release of its smart blinds

Ikea planned to release is Tradfri-compatible smart blinds in April 2019, but the products have been delayed until later in the year for a firmware update that promises better functionality.
Smart Home

Lutron’s Fan Control makes ceiling fans smart, but has some turnoffs

Lutron recently came out with a smart switch that controls ceiling fans, the Lutron Caseta Fan Speed Control Switch. How does it stack up? Here's a first-hand review of the Lutron Fan Control switch.
Cars

Amazon and Kia team up to simplify EV home-charging station installs

Kia Motors announced a new program with Amazon for electric vehicles. Customers planning to purchase a new Kia EV or PHEV can check out recommended Level 2 240-volt home charging stations and arrange installation in their homes.
Smart Home

Traeger’s latest wood-pellet grills are smoky, smart, and spacious

Traeger is famous in the world of barbecue and heavy-duty grills for its signature pellet grills and now the company is expanding this year by adding three new brands of redesigned
Smart Home

The five best teeth-whitening kits you can buy on Amazon

Teeth whitening can have a major impact on a person’s smile and overall appearance. You don't necessarily have to go to the dentist to get your teeth whitened though. Here are the best teeth-whitening kits you can buy.
Smart Home

Is your Keurig making gross coffee? Might be time for a cleaning

No one likes a dirty, scaled, or smelly Keurig, but how are you supposed to clean them? Before you throw yours out the window, here is a quick guide on cleaning your machine out thoroughly.