You Could Control Your Oven With Your Smartphone. Should You Want To?

brillonLet’s say that you bought a GE wall oven recently. It’s all right, but something is missing from your life. You couldn’t quite articulate what it is, but a recent announcement from GE clarified things. What you needed was the ability to control your oven from anywhere using your smartphone. The good news is that you can fix this grave error on your part after the fact.

What’s new is that you can fix this grave error on your part after the fact. Yes, smart ovens are a thing now, and ovens that you can turn on and monitor from anywhere are also a thing.

Controlling your oven and other appliances from elsewhere seems like it could go horribly wrong, but GE is expanding the feature instead of rolling it back. Ovens could once only be controlled by smartphone from a home’s wi-fi network: at best, you might be able to preheat from your neighbor’s house. Some GE ovens that weren’t remote-controllable smart appliances right out of the box can gain that superpower if you download the company’s Brillion app.

Personally, I’m waiting for heatproof webcams so I can watch and live-broadcast the progress of my cupcakes.

GE app lets you add new features to an old oven [Consumer Reports]

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  1. MarthaGaill says:

    Really? If anything it would help you be safer because if you left it on accidentally and went somewhere, you could, you know, turn it off and not burn your house down.

    • SingleMaltGeek says:

      You should be able to get back to it rather quickly without a remote. If you drove an hour away, you had probably left the stove on for a lot more than an hour by the time you realized it was still on. By the time you could use a remote control it would probably be too late. In the extremely off chance that you are far enough away that the remote control could prevent a fire when returning home could not, that is the only case in which it could help.

      My point is not that this is a pointless feature, but that maybe if they can do this they should have a temperature sensor that indicates when there is a fire, or even a mass or volume sensor so that it requires an override to leave the oven on when it’s empty.

      • MarthaGaill says:

        If you leave your house, walk down to the parking garage and get in your car then remember it’s on… whip out your phone and turn it off. How handy instead of walking all the way back. Or if you’re at the grocery store.

        I agree, they need both. Fire sensors or empty sensors or something.