The Uber Q is a portable, app-enabled grill that’s small enough to take anywhere

We have good news for backyard chefs who need a little help upping their barbecue game: A new portable grill called the Uber-Q promises to make preparing an outdoor meal easier than ever, taking some of the frustration and mystery out of the process. In order to achieve this, the smart grill is equipped with an array of technology that gives it the ability to interface with a smartphone, allowing it to set timers, send users notifications on cooking temperatures, and even alert them when their food is ready.

The Uber-Q was conceived and designed by a company called Asado Group, which already builds a number of stoves, grills, and other products meant for cooking in the backyard or at the campsite. When the team at Asado set out to build the Uber-Q, the plan was to create something that was relatively lightweight, versatile, and easy to transport. They did that by utilizing a V-shaped base that can fold flat for easy storage and weighs just 4.4 pounds, making it relatively simple to carry just about anywhere.

The modular design of the Uber-Q allows it to be quite versatile when preparing a meal. For instance, it can use both standard charcoal and European instant BBQ cartridges as a source of fuel. It also ships with both a standard grill top, as well as a rotisserie module too. The surface of the grill top is further segmented into two sections, with one side featuring a standard grating for grilling meats and larger vegetables, while the other is a solid metal plate that can be used to cook eggs or other small items.

But it is the rotisserie module that really helps the Uber-Q to stand out from other tabletop grills. This unit can cook whole chickens and other large items without requiring much supervision thanks to its built-in smart hub. That device includes built-in thermometers for monitoring the internal temperature of food placed on its skewers, and when paired with an iPhone or Android device can provide notifications and alerts via an app throughout the cooking process. This can help the cook avoid leaving food on the flame for too long, preventing it from overcooking and drying out.

The smart hub is powered by a lithium-ion battery that can run for up to 10 hours between charges. It also features a USB port for charging other mobile devices as well, and it includes a built-in Bluetooth speaker for playing music, too.

Currently, the Asado Group is seeking $83,815 to help get the Uber-Q off the ground. If they are successful in those efforts, the grill will begin shipping in March of next year. There is no word on final pricing, but the stove can be pre-ordered now for $153. Visit the Uber-Q Kickstarter page for more information.

Computing

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a Steam streaming hub with Valve’s Steam Link app

Valve's Steam Link app is now fully supported by Raspberry PI hardware, meaning that just about anyone with a few dollars to spare can build their own Steam streaming box in a matter of minutes.
Mobile

Is somebody watching you? How to stop apps from tracking your location

If you don't like the idea of your every movement being tracked by apps on the phone in your pocket, then you may want to turn location tracking off. We take a look at how to do it on an iPhone or Android phone in this easy guide.
Wearables

How to use the ECG app, set up irregular rhythm notifications on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 4 is the best smartwatch iPhone owners can own, and it just got even better with the addition of the ECG app and ability to identify irregular heart rhythms. Here's how to set it all up.
Cars

Bosch’s CES-bound shuttle concept takes us on a trip to a not-too-distant future

Bosch envisions a future in which driverless shuttles occupy their own market segment. The German firm won't build the shuttles, but it wants to provide everything else, ranging from the drive system to the apps used to hail them.
Outdoors

Forget pumps. This innovative filter purifies H2O in 8 seconds flat

The Grayl Geopress water purification system removes more than 99 percent of all bacteria, cysts, and viruses from water in just eight seconds, providing clean drinking water to travelers and outdoor adventurers.
Outdoors

Conquer the cold season with the best heated clothing and outdoor apparel

If you're thinking about going outside this winter, heated apparel is a must. Luckily, we've rounded up some of the best heated clothing, whether you're looking for battery-powered gloves or heated insoles.
Emerging Tech

Warm ski beanie instantly hardens into a head-protecting helmet upon impact

Wool hats are way more comfortable than hard helmets. You know what they're not? Safer. That could soon change, thanks to an innovative new ski beanie which instantly hardens upon impact.
Outdoors

Crush your next workout with the best Fitbit for every activity

Fitbits are amazingly helpful tools for setting fitness goals and tracking progress. However, different activities require different metrics. We've gathered a list of the best Fitbits for running, swimming, biking, and other activities.
Smart Home

Tired of running outdoors? Check out the best treadmills of 2018

Running can burn up to 900 calories per hour, melting away fat and strengthening your muscles.  Compared to running outdoors, you're safer staying indoors on a cushioned track. We've rounded up the best treadmills on the market
Outdoors

Need gift ideas? Here’s what to get the skiers and snowboarders in your life

You can't purchase snow, but you can grab your favorite skier or snowboarder some sweet gear this holiday season. We've hand-picked some of the best available that'll wow even the most well-equipped terrain park junkie we know.
Outdoors

Puma revives its classic 1986 smart shoe, complete with high-tech heel hump

More marketing stunt than serious effort to dominate the smart shoe space, Puma is about to re-release its classic RS-Computer Shoe. The high-tech footwear from 1986 was a breakthrough at the time, despite its unsightly heel hump.
Photography

These are the best action cameras money can buy

Action cameras are great tools for capturing videos of your everyday activities, whether it's a birthday party or the steepest slope you've ever descended on your snowboard. These are the best money can buy.
Outdoors

Drink what nature provides with the best water purifiers

Looking for reliable water purification? Staying hydrated is important, especially when you are hiking or camping far from civilization. Check out our picks of the best water purifiers for your camp, backpack, or pocket.
Wearables

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.