Preheat your oven: Drop’s smart scale and iPad app are here

The “weight” is over if you want a kitchen scale that can measure ingredients and dynamically adjust your recipes: Drop is now on sale for $100, reports Engadget. The connected scale works with an iPad app to help you hone your culinary skills.

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Drop doesn’t quite rival the food replicators you might have seen on Star Trek, so there’s a little manual effort involved in the cooking process.

And that’s where Drop works its magic, because it can measure each ingredient as it’s added to a recipe, suggest alternatives if you’re out of a particular ingredient and adjust quantities if you’re a bit low on some food staples.

Here’s Ben Harris, CEO of Drop to demonstrate:

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Drop actually started accepting pre-orders back in June when Harris stopped by Gigaom’s office to demonstrate the device. My colleague Stacey Higginbotham appreciated not just the intelligence of the scale, but also the [company]Apple[/company] iPad app itself, which is now available in the iTunes App Store:

The recipes are far more visual than previous generations of recipes, and for any step you need help on, there’s a video illustrating just that step in the process. So if you don’t know how your egg whites are supposed to look for a meringue, you can tap your iPad screen or a capacitive area of the scale and see what you’re aiming for.

For now, Drop focuses on helping you bake easier and smarter in the kitchen, but a tool such as this could even be useful for tracking nutrition intake on a personal level. Drop already knows all of the ingredients and portions used in a recipe, so theoretically, it could add to the “quantified self” movement by adding that data to a personal profile. That’s something I’d love to see from these types of products because few apps have cracked the nutrition tracking nut.

Images credit: Drop