SmartyPans, a Bluetooth connected smart pan, is finally shipping.
The product, developed by the sister/brother team of Prachi and Rahul Baxi, has been in development since 2015. The founder tandem first showed off their concept at SXSW in 2015 and pitched it at the first Smart Kitchen Summit later that year. They also appeared on stage at Techcrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES in 2017. And now the product is available for sale on the startup’s website for $229.
While the company apparently did ship some early batches to preorder backers, it appears that as of early this year, not all backers had received their pan and the company never entered high-volume production…until now.
So what does the product do? Pretty much what the company promised about four years ago when it started pitching it to backers. It has built-in weight and heat sensors and, according to the company’s website, provides guided cooking instructions from a paired app. It also allows you to save recipes you cook with a “record recipe” function, as well as calculate the nutrition of recipes.
That the company is shipping at all is a testament to the founders’ persistence. Another smart pan startup, Pantelligent, first started shipping the product in 2016 but has since gone out of business. Other guided cooking startups such as Hestan Cue and Ztove are also smart cookware that adjust the temperature of the induction burner/heating source.
The startup’s last publicly announced funding was a seed round of $1.1 million in early 2017.