This year, tech company Belkin and Crock-Pot manufacturer Jarden Corporation are teaming up to make a smartphone-controlled slow cooker. Here’s why it’s the coolest invention since sliced bread.

Remote Freakin' Controlled Crock-Pots, Coming to Stores This Spring

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We’ve all done it: You planned one of your favorite Crock-Pot recipes ahead of time, bought the right ingredients, and put them in your slow cooker early in the morning (healthy choices all around!). But then you left for the day and forgot to turn the darned thing on before rushing out the door.

Luckily, this frustrating mistake will soon be a thing of the past. At this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), tech company Belkin revealed their latest product — a smartphone-controlled Crock-Pot that allows users to turn the slow cooker on and off, adjust temperature, and check the status of a meal from afar. Belkin’s WeMo Home Automation technology can control light switches, electrical outlets, and heating/cooling devices, too. The tech brand partnered with appliance company Jarden Consumer Solutions to create the smart slow cooker, and will continue to develop WeMo systems for other well-known household brands like Mr. Coffee, Sunbeam, and Holmes.

To cook dinner from the office (or the road), all you need is a WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot SmartSlow Cooker (available this spring for $99.99) and the free WeMo app on your smartphone. We didn’t think it was possible to improve the meal-prepping genius that is the slow cooker, but we’re happy to be wrong.

Would you buy a Crock-Pot that can be remotely controlled via your smartphone? Share your thoughts on this awesome new technology in the comments below or get in touch on Twitter @SophBreene.

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