You Don’t Know If You Turned the Stove Off, But This Gadget Does

Wander off with a burner on, and you'll hear about it

July 31, 2017 9:00 am

How much will you pay to reduce your anxiety? 

How about one very specific anxiety? 

Namely: leaving a burner on. While you’re in, say, in Turks and Caicos. That’s what Wallflower can offer you.

We are now in full-blown vacation season, and with it come vacation-specific problems. They are myriad: neglecting to suspend your newspaper subscription (so thieves notice your absence and break in). Leaving the garage door unlocked. And, of course, forgetting to turn off a burner on the stove. 

Modern technology, obviously, is here to resolve these situations. The only people getting a paper delivery of newspapers these days are the ones who are manually typing out wedding invitations made from paper they pulped after felling some trees behind the cabin they built by hand [and from YouTube videos]. Your doors quite possibly are controlled by Lockitron. And now there’s an app for your stove: Wallflower

We don’t know how they decided on the name — it’s discreet? bad at dancing? — but the app, available for iOS and Android devices, will monitor your (electric-only) stove and send an alert if you’ve left it on via geofencing: Stray too far with something cooking, and you’ll hear about it. 

Notably, the app can’t actually turn off the stove — but if, say, you get off a plane in the Caribbean to an alert from Wallflower, at least you’ll know exactly why your house burned down. Silver lining? 

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