Searing steaks and veggies to perfection is a burden when you’re trying to chat with guests–or disappear into the den for a few innings. Luckily, the grill obsessives at Lynx have devised a way to get you off the hook. Their new SmartGrill is a voice-controlled, Wi-Fi–connected, app-driven stainless-steel cooker that takes your order and executes it with precision.
Start with a command: “SmartGrill, sear some radicchio.” The grill selects a recipe from its online database and fires up the burners to the right temperature. It tells you where to place the food, and then automatic temperature-sensing probes work with motorized gas valves to ensure everything cooks evenly. When done, the grill shuts off the burners and sends you a text message. In time, its brain, an embedded microprocessor, will also learn your preferences. So if your idea of medium-rare is a little pinker than average, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
Price: from $6,000
Supported by: Android and iOS
Sizes: 30, 36, and 42 inches wide
This article was originally published in the June 2015 issue of Popular Science, under the title “A Grill That Talks Back.”