With summertime in full swing, few things are more welcoming than the sizzle of a grill and family fun. Technology is shaking up the traditional summer get-together with various gadgets that take the hassle out of hosting.
Food is a crucial element to any barbecue. With the iGrill, made by iDevices, the days of burned chicken are over. The iGrill is the first grilling and cooking thermometer that can send alerts to a smartphone when food has reached a temperature safe for consumption. The grill master can freely mingle with guests while still producing the perfect steak. It is safe to say the party will be a hit.
No barbecue is complete without music, and the Nokia JBL Power Up offers a way to wirelessly stream music from a smartphone to two high-quality speakers. In addition, the accessory features wireless charging technology so guests can simply place their smartphone on top of the speaker to charge it without missing a beat.
There are also numerous apps that can be downloaded to ensure a stress-free event. The Mixology app for Apple products is a free virtual cookbook with more than 8,000 drink and cocktail recipes. For those who have a great deal to keep in mind while planning a party, the Simple Soirée app can help keep everything from the guest list to the menu available at the touch of a button. With the app Post, create and send custom invitations via email or text using a variety of designs to fit the nature of the party.
Finally, good old-fashioned fun is the key which makes an event memorable for all. The iCade, a portable arcade cabinet complete with a physical joystick, converts an iPad into an old school gaming station. Warning: Due to parents flashing back to their Glory Days, family feuds may arise over control of the vintage game station.