Tim3 Machin3 cooks rice quickly, makes time to prepare other foods

Rice cooker on steroids: that’s what comes to mind when considering the multifaceted uses for Tim3 Machin3. The 900 watt heating element is 250 watts more than the average rice cooker, so it can cook faster. The inner pot is manufactured thicker than that average pot, and coated with a long-lasting non-stick spray so rice doesn’t stick to the bottom or burn. A detachable cord means easier storage, but may get lost amongst loads of other kitchen accessories. Besides rice, Tim3 Machin3 also cooks quinoa, oatmeal, yogurt, and can even multitask by cooking rice and steaming veggies and fish at the same time.

Perhaps the best feature of this product is that it can be programmed to cook oatmeal and other foods the night before so that they’re instantly ready to eat in the morning. This campaign seeks to raise $10,000 by December 10, 2014. Early bird backers get one product for $58, with an expected delivery of December 2014.

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Ricewise is the connected rice cooker of your sushi-making dreams

Most everyone can agree that there’s really nothing like a freshly cooked, warm bowl of rice. Unfortunately, with our lives as rushed as they are, we sometimes can’t find the time to clean and cook the rice, leaving us to confide in the powers of a rice cooker. A staple in many kitchens for over 50 years, rice cookers are always useful, but haven’t really caught up to our modern age quite yet.

Enter Ricewise, the connected rice cooker you send a text to. You don’t send it to have a chat, though: a text message starts the process of cooking rice stored in its three kilogram chamber. With the capacity to also hold five liters of water, Ricewise can cook rice for up to 18 people without having to add anything else, leaving you to worry about everything else. If it is low on either rice or water, it will also remind you to refill it too. Interested backers will have to possibly consider charging for meals: the Ricewise’s campaign price is $492, saving $457 off the final retail price. If enough people can stomach that price without seeing a prototype, the company’s $25,000 goal should be piece of rice cake.