$150 smart rice cooker knows what kind of rice you're using

Chinese company's smart rice cooker detects what kind of rice you're using, makes cakes, and more.

@seanridgeley
Published Tue, Mar 29 2016 4:27 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:00 PM CST

Last week it was a smart frying pan; this week it's a smart rice cooker. Chinese company Xiaomi, which already has several smart appliance products, is launching the $150 Mi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker in collaboration with partner Chun Mi, which aims to improve on the traditional rice cooker with added features.

$150 smart rice cooker knows what kind of rice you're using | TweakTown.com

Firstly, the app will let you scan your bag of rice so the cooker knows exactly what to do based on the type of rice you're using as well as its brand and origin. 200 brands are supported, with more to come. Second, it employs pressure control, induction heating, and a grey cast iron lining as highly regarded Japanese rice cookers do, all with the aim of creating tastier rice. And finally, it can make rice cakes as well as other dishes.

The price may seem steep, but Xiaomi says its cooker is comparable to the aforementioned Japanese rice cookers, which go for about $600. If you're a rice nerd (if there ever was such a thing), it could be well worth it.

For now at least, the cooker will launch in China only (on April 6), but an international launch hasn't been officially ruled out yet.

NEWS SOURCE:techcrunch.com

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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