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Old 11-12-2020, 07:48 AM   #1
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Kitchen caculator

I dabble in electronics as well as cooking with my wife of 48 years.
I got an idea about designing a WEIGHTS N MEASURE calculator for the kitchen where the user inputs metric/imperial(u.s. measure) then input ounces, cups, grams etc. and it outputs the desired conversion.
Yes a smartphone would maybe do the same but?
would this be a helpful item to have?
Since the covid crisis my wife and I have been baking bread and using various recipes from the British baking show along with cooking shows on tv.

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Old 11-12-2020, 10:34 AM   #2
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I have a Google Home speaker in my kitchen... I just ask it for the conversion I want. It is one less thing needing to be touched (and kept clean), and works great!
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Old 11-12-2020, 11:55 AM   #3
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Scott! you seem to have 'Google Everything" what happens when there is a power failure?

are you locked out of the house?
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iPhone does that already.
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Old 11-12-2020, 12:57 PM   #5
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There are a number of apps that will convert weights and measures. I personally would prefer that to a separate piece of equipment.

Typically, when I'm cooking from a recipe, I read it before I start making the dish and pencil in any conversions I need before I start, using the calculator on my phone. You do need to know a few conversion constants to start.
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Old 11-12-2020, 01:14 PM   #6
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Scott! you seem to have 'Google Everything" what happens when there is a power failure?

are you locked out of the house?
Since PG&E lit half the state on fire via their neglected, crumbling infrastructure, power outages have become a real issue these days. I'm never locked out as I have a keypad on the garage door, and the opener has a battery backup.

As for what stops working depends on the power outage. If it is one of PG&E's PSBS events, the internet soon follows the power, and that renders Google, Amazon, and SmartThings stuff useless. However most of my lighting is Philips Hue which also has a local API that does not require the internet connection. So once the generator is rolling I can control all the lites from a phone or tablet.
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