Meet the Range, an iOS food thermometer for smarter cooking

Lapka Range (Kickstarter 001)

If you’re something of an epicurean but with non-chef-level cooking skills, this will be godsent. A new project by the Russian startup that brought us a five-sensor iPhone life monitor dongle, the Range is an iOS food thermometer used for candy making, roasting and other types of high-temperature cooking projects.

There’s more to this accessory for smarter cooking than meets the eye so jump past the fold for the full reveal…

The Range, a Kickstarter project, sticks in your food and relays the temperature to an iPhone app. Set an alert for the desired temperature and you’re done.

The thing isn’t a toy: the Range’s thermometer reads from -40ºF to 450ºF (-40ºC to 230ºC), with 0.5ºF precision at 135ºF, which is about the temperature of a medium rare steak.

Wow, just typing this already makes me hungry.

Lapka Range (Kickstarter 002)

The app features handy temperature presets for common uses and it graphs the temperature over time so you can learn from past mistakes and never over-roast that chicken again.

As a bonus, your significant other will love you for your perfected cooking skills, trust me.

Check out the introduction video.

I love how it clips onto the side of a pot or on a rack. And because it doesn’t rely on wireless connectivity and hooks up to your device via the headphone jack, the Range can be used in the oven.

Lapka Range (Kickstarter 003)

They are shooting to hit the $90,000 milestone by Friday August 30, by the way.

At the time of this writing, the team had collected approximately $18,000.

There are two variants available:

• Ember Range has a 2-inch pointed probe and a 4-foot cord. Perfect for use with meat.
• Aqua Range has a 6-inch rounded probe and a 3-foot cord. Perfect for use with many tasks including candy making, beer brewing, and cheese making.

You can pre-order one of the Ranges over at Kickstarter for $49 a piece, or $89 for both ember and aqua Ranges.