Mi Home Bluetooth Hygrothermograph 2 launched with new features for ¥49 (~$7)

Today, Xiaomi’s Mijia crowdfunding platform announced the Mi Home Bluetooth Hygrothermograph 2. This is a successor to the model that launched last year. The 2nd-gen model comes with a new design and new features. The original Mi Home Bluetooth Hygrothermograph 2 has a round LCD screen but the new model ditches it for a square ultra-low-power screen. The casing itself has rounded corners. The new model ditches the AAA battery for a CR2032 coin battery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show the battery level as its predecessor does. There is a built-in Swiss Sensirion high-precision temperature + humidity sensor that can detect up to 0.1°C changes in temperature and up to 1% change in humidity. The Mi Home Bluetooth Hygrothermograph 2 can be configured via the Mijia App and has been designed to work with related products such as the air conditioner, the air humidifier, and the heater. All the aforementioned products can begin to work or get turned off at a preset temperature. For example, the air conditioner can be configured to turn on automatically when the indoor temperature increases to a certain level. You can also have the heater kick in if the temperature drops during the night. ...

REVIEW – Around here, we’re big fans of the Butcher Box.  It’s a monthly meat delivery

REVIEW – Around here, we’re big fans of the Butcher Box.  It’s a monthly meat delivery service that sends boxes of meat straight to our house. Their beef is 100% grass-feed, and their chicken is free range organic, things that are important to us.  When it comes to cooking meat, especially thick cuts like briskets and pork tenderloins, it’s critical to cook it until it reaches just the right temperature.  Maybe professional chefs can just look at the meat and know if it’s done, but the rest of us use a meat thermometer.  Traditional thermometers require you to open the oven or the grill every so often in order to check the meat, thereby wasting a lot of the heat that has built up. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just put the thermometer in the meat one time and then have it tell you when the meat’s done, no matter where you are in the house?  That’s exactly what the MeatStick Wireless Meat Thermometer does! I have the MeatStick Xtender Set, which includes one MeatStick and one Xtender.  The MeatStick is a wireless thermometer that you put into your meat and leave until it’s done.  It communicates via Bluetooth through the Xtender to an app on your mobile phone to let you know t...