Inirv's smart stove knobs might prevent your next kitchen mishap, or even a fire

inirv react smart stove knob ces 2017 knobs
Cooking equipment is the most common cause of house fires in the United States, so smart appliance manufacturers obviously build features in focusing on kitchen safety. But those smart stovetops and ovens can cost quite a bit, and your current “dumb” stove might work just fine.

You won’t need to buy a whole new stove much longer, though. Smart home safety startup Inirv is launching the React at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Thursday, which will give your stove both a bit of smarts a host of safety features to prevent accidental fires. A Kickstarter is also live, which was just about half funded as of midday Thursday.

The system consists of a sensor that is placed on the ceiling, and a set of four knob-like devices that replace the current knobs on your stove, or you can reattach them on top of the new ones. The ceiling sensor is much like a fire detector, sensing gas and smoke, but it also senses motion as well. If all is normal, your knobs will glow blue; if something goes wrong, they turn red.

If it believes the stove has been on for too long and you’re not there, it turns it off automatically for you. The same happens in the event it detects high levels of gas or smoke. That’s something most fully connected ranges can’t do on their own, and it makes the estimated $299 retail price a little easier to swallow.

As a side benefit, these safety features also allow you to control the stove remotely through React’s app. The special knobs should be able to fit on just about any conventional stove, the company says, and can be easily removed to recharge them (all run on internal battery power).

One thing we’re a little disappointed about is the fact it has no oven controls: No doubt most of us can remember keeping the oven on by accident, too — and a lot of fires start there. That’s one area that Inirv needs to focus on in the future, as it seems somewhat of an oversight.

If you act quick enough, there are still some $199 pledge levels left which will get your hands on one of these devices in December. That’s a long ways off, unless you want to fork over $999 to become a beta tester and get them in April. Still, it’s a neat idea and cheaper than buying a whole new range.

Product Review

The Brava Oven takes all the thinking out of cooking

Using bulbs to cook food at different light frequencies, the Brava Oven lets even the clueless cook a tasty meal. But your own smart chef doesn’t come cheap.
Deals

Choosing one of these smart TVs under $300 will make you look like a genius

Buying a good cheap smart TV is easier than ever. To help you out, we've sniffed out a half dozen of the best models out there with prices starting at just $130. We've even thrown in a couple 4K smart TVs, with these UHD models still…
Home Theater

Still listening on tinny TV speakers? Try one of our favorite soundbars

You no longer have to sacrifice sound for size when selecting home audio equipment. Check out our picks for the best soundbars, whether you're looking for budget options, pure power, smarts, or tons of features.
Product Review

Putting on the grits with the Instant Pot pressure cooker

If you want to dip your toe into the low-temperature waters of sous vide, the Anova precision cooker is a good way to start. It has a robust app and an easy-to-use interface that just may convert you to a whole new way of cooking.
Smart Home

Uber Eats is testing a system for cheaper meal delivery

You know how Uber Pool offers cheaper trips if riders share a car? Well, Uber Eats is currently testing the same idea for meal delivery, and it could mean cheaper orders for customers.
Smart Home

Dear Instant Pot Smart: I love you. Thank you for changing my life

After taking the Instant Pot Smart WiFi Programmable Pressure Cooker for a spin, one long-time product reviewer finds much to love about the device she long coveted, despite that it’s not really that smart.
Deals

Brew, drip, or press a fresh cup of joe with today’s best deals on coffee makers

To kick off the day with a fresh cup or upgrade your home coffee machine to accommodate the preferences of dinner guests, check these hot deals for drip coffee makers, espresso machines, and single-serving devices on Walmart and Amazon.
Smart Home

People are stealing Ring doorbells (and it’s no knock-knock joke)

Ring Video Doorbell thefts in a Denver neighborhood raise questions about how much security the smart home devices actually provide. One homeowner and the police have a video of the theft. Here's what to do if your Ring device is stolen.
Smart Home

Alexa’s latest skill helps patients manage high blood pressure

People who need some help managing their high blood pressure are getting some help via a new Alexa skill developed in partnership with Omron Healthcare that will work directly with the manufacturer's monitors.
Smart Home

Need a hot cup of coffee right now? These are the best Keurig machines

Keurig machines simplify the process of making that important morning cup of coffee, but picking the right model for you can be difficult. Here's a detailed breakdown of the best machines in Keurig's current lineup.
Smart Home

These accessories take your already awesome Instant Pot to a whole new level

If you're familiar with the Instant Pot, you know that this bad boy acts as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, cake maker, egg boiler, and a lot more. Here are some must-have accessories to make Instant Pot cooking even better.
Smart Home

Amazon shows off compact cashier-free store that could show up at airports

Amazon is testing its smallest Amazon Go store to date as it considers taking the grab-and-go technology to new venues such as airports and train stations. The compact store is a quarter the size of its current locations.
Smart Home

Cops go after porch pirates with dummy Amazon boxes and GPS trackers

Amazon is helping police in Jersey City to catch thieves who steal delivered packages from outside people's homes. Within just minutes of the operation's launch this week, cops nabbed their first porch pirate.
Smart Home

A couple’s recalled dishwasher caught on fire and now they’re warning others

A Wisconsin couple has been using the dishwasher in their house for a year, unaware that it was recalled in 2009. Then the appliance caught fire. Now they are warning others to check appliances for risks when buying or renting a home.