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Lifestyle company creates Bluetooth salt shaker 'Smalt'

May 11,2017 05:18

One lifestyle firm believes it has spotted a gap in the market and has come up with a bizarre piece of kit designed to make this more of an event. Smalt incorporates a Bluetooth connected smart speaker and mood lighting, to take the stress out of ...and more »


Smalt incorporates a Bluetooth connected smart speaker and mood lighting
Will connect to Amazon's Alexa to automate the process of seasoning food  
Crowdfunding launches in June and devices should start arriving by December 

Published: 09:34 BST, 10 May 2017 | Updated: 13:37 BST, 10 May 2017

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Have you ever felt like the process of seasoning your latest culinary masterpiece was too low tech?
One lifestyle firm believes it has spotted a gap in the market and has come up with a bizarre piece of kit designed to make this more of an event.
Smalt incorporates a Bluetooth connected smart speaker and mood lighting, to take the stress out of shaking salt.
Users will also be able to monitor their salt intake via Smalt's app.
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A California-based lifestyle company has created Smalt (pictured), which is designed to make shaking salt more less strenuous by automating the process of seasoning your food through Amazon's Alexa smart assistant

SMALT 

Smalt has been in development for two and a half years.
It will connect to a smartphone app which will interface with Amazon's Alexa home assistant. 
Users will be able to request that Alexa issues a command to start shaking salt, without the need for any strenuous twisting or shaking.
Alexa's commands are sent over to the shaker via Bluetooth. 
The user then picks up the shaker, which will automatically shake at various speeds depending on Alexa's commands.
It will also include a speaker and mood lighting.
A functional prototype was demonstrated at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, held in March.
Crowdfunding launches in June and devices should start arriving by December.

California-based lifestyle company Herb & Body aspire 'to make ordinary life more fun, easier, and healthier.'
Their strange vision for the future of sodium chloride dispensing is currently still at the concept stage.
The company's website says they will soon be launching a crowd-funding campaign to help make it a reality.
And early adopters can sign up now to receive up to 50 per cent off a future retail price, yet to be announced.
How much interest it will receive from the general public remains to be seen. 
Smalt has been in development for two and a half years, according to reports in SF Gate.
And a functional prototype was demonstrated at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, held in March.
Speaking to the site, CEO Bipan Singh said: 'Whether it is the healthy eating trend or the convenience of meal ingredient services, people love to prepare meals, get together, have fun.
'We want them to further enhance their dining experience with Smalt by using all of its features. 
'We believe that food tastes much better when the ambiance is right. 
'Smalt is much more than a smart salt shaker.'
Smalt will connect to a smartphone app which will interface with Amazon's Alexa home assistant.
Users will be able to request that Alexa issues a command to start shaking salt, without the need for any strenuous twisting or grinding.
It's not exactly clear how the salt-dispensing system will work, but the simplest solution would be a grinder.
More details should become apparent when the Indiegogo fundraising drive is launched.
However it may function, the user should be able to simply pick up the device and Alexa will automatically do the rest via voice commands.

Smalt's creators hope it will become a table centrepiece (pictured), but it might be more at home in a tech billionaire's mansion than the average household

Smalt will also include a speaker and mood lighting (pictured). Crowdfunding launches in June and devices should start arriving by December

But the device will also work 'offline', for any Luddites that may find the need for an AI's help unnecessary.
A manual dial will be at the top of Smalt that will allow them to control the speed of the salt coming out of the bottom.
Smalt is expected to launch on Indiegogo by mid-June and they should start arriving with customers by the end of this year.
Although the product may seem slightly frivolous, it does have one serious application that could be beneficial for the health conscious. 

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