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Figure out if you left the stove on with this smart stove knob

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‘Did I leave the stove on?’

The Inirv React is a new Kickstarter gadget that is in theory designed to help make your house safer by adding a smart home app to control your stove’s burners, but in reality is clearly designed to help answer the age-old question “Did I leave the stove on?

Look, we’ve all been there. You’ve just left your apartment and can’t remember whether or not you forgot to turn off the stove. You know that you probably did. But is “probably” good enough when your whole apartment could burst into flames!?

That’s where Inirv’s system comes in. Consisting of a kit of a single sensor unit and four knob controls, the React uses a combination of various technological systems to add smart technology to your stove. The sensor unit serves as a smoke and gas detector, along with serving as a main hub to connect to Wi-Fi. It pairs to the individual knobs via Bluetooth, allowing the entire system to be controlled from anywhere in the world through the sensor’s Wi-Fi connection, complete with real-time alerts if something goes wrong.

Each knob contains a motor, allowing the burners to be controlled through an app, as well as adding a nice LED light ring to determine the level of the flame. That motorized system allows for the burners to be remotely locked through the app (say, as a child-safety measure) or for the stove to automatically shut off if smoke or gas is detected in the kitchen. The sensor also contains a motion detector — by default, the React will automatically shut itself off if the burners are on for more than 15 minutes in an empty kitchen.

Both the sensor and the knob units have rechargeable batteries, are designed to attach to most stoves, and come in a variety of colors to better match your décor. The Inirv React is available on Kickstarter for an early-bird price of $229, which includes the sensor and four knobs, with additional knobs (if you have a larger range, for instance) costing $60. As always, remember that Inirv is a new company launching its first product through crowdfunding, so use the usual discretion when considering to back.