Big Brothering and doing home things when you're not at home now extends to the kitchen with this collaboration between the Kleenex of slow cookers, Crock-Pot, and the June Cleaver of home automation, Belkin. The Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker pairs with Belkin's free WeMo app over WiFi or 3G/4G on your smart device to turn the cooker on and off, adjust settings, set timers, and monitor your grub's status from anywhere. So if you get stuck at work, in traffic, or listening to one of your kid's friend's newly-separated moms go on about what a d-bag her ex is, you can have faith that the hiccup in your day is not going to pay it forward with an F up in your dinner.
Once synced to the WeMo app, smartphones and tablets maintain a connection to the Smart Slow Cooker both to provide complete control over functionality, and to leave the communication channels open for the app to send notifications when cooking is complete. When Crock-Pot chefs are at home during use, the 6-quart machine's LED screen allows for manual control too.
The Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker pairs with Apple devices running iOS 7 and higher and Android devices 4.0 and up.