Published on March 20th, 2015 | by Greg0
Orange Chef Prep Pad: An Innovative, Informative Kitchen Scale
Museum pieces often hang up on walls, or sit on desks. Lighting can be beautiful, and furniture can certainly win awards. But one of the hottest areas for cutting edge design is in the kitchen- beyond the sharp knives are plenty of other tools that deserve and command attention not simply for ease of use and ergonomics but for their form as well. We love to test out gadgets that can make our entertainment better or improve our office environments, but few parts of your home can immediately improve visually and functionally like your kitchen counters.
Casually leave your Orange Chef Prep Pad out and prepare to answer questions from curious visitors. It blends an Apple-like aluminum body with a blonde wood top that will have folks wondering if you left a cutting board on top of your Macbook. In fact, the Prep Pad is a wireless Bluetooth 4.0 kitchen scale, capable of accurate measurements to the gram for up to 15 pounds of produce, grains, or just about anything. Battery-powered with just a set of four included AAA batteries, you can expect up to a year of battery life. Simply download the free iOS app called Countertop, and connect to your iPad 3 or newer, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPhone 4S or newer for the neatest weigh to way.
The real trick in the app is that it can provide real-time nutritional insight- with a little work, it can show you how and what you’re consuming, breaking down your meal into carbs, protein, fat, and other essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Count calories, track and log your meals, and more with their system (you’ll need to setup an account of course). They even can score your meals. Again, the app is available for Apple smartphones and tablets only, so Windows and Android users are out of luck. Also, not every food is in their database, but we found it more than sufficient with more than 300,000 options, though it can take a bit of time to find the right item. We missed having a built-in display so we could easily weigh items without needing to pull out and connect our device as well as open the app, but it does keep the unit clean and simple. The app takes the same cues and uses them to great effect, with a beautiful user interface and some nifty features like the ability to add favorites, and even a barcode scanner. You can share meals on social networks as well.
If you have a Jawbone UP, you can even connect it for custom nutrition suggestions via the Countertop app. And thanks to a recent price drop, the Orange Chef Prep Pad is a great deal on an excellent kitchen scale that looks fantastic and can do far more than your average model. Available now, expect to spend around $100 in stores and online.