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Set it and forget it: The iPot applies smartphone sensors to pressure cooking

The CES show floor is crammed with kitchen gear that claims to make cooking a breeze, but few smart appliances can actually do it all. Instant Pot's new iPot is one of the most ambitious pressure cookers to hit the market--just don't call it a crockpot.

The iPot takes its cues from the iPhone (hence the name) with a microprocessor and a range of sensors: a thermal sensor, pressure sensors, and electro-magnetic sensors that allow the smart cooker to cook an entire meal evenly and thoroughly. The iPot is controlled with a smartphone, which tells the cooker exactly what to make, what cooking style to use, and how long to cook it for. You can choose from the iPot's pre-programmed recipes, like brown rice or stew, or you can program the iPot app with your own recipe.

[Related: Belkin turns up the heat at CES with high-tech crockpot]

The cooker also uses your location to determine if it needs to adjust the cooking time--at higher altitudes, for instance, where water's boiling point is lower and a few minutes can change the outcome of a meal.

The iPot isn't on the market just yet, but is expected to hit store shelves early this year with a price tag of $220 to $250.

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