Memorial Day plans are typically filled with friends, family, BBQing, refreshments, music and lots of traffic. Here’s my dream list for high-tech accoutrements for the ultimate Memorial Day BBQ
Don’t bother having a party if you don’t have a music—loud music. And do yourself a favor, play it from your phone wirelessly. Make sure whatever boombox you purchase has built-in Bluetooth (so you can connect it to your smartphone and play music wirelessly). If your boombox has Wi-Fi supports for DLNA, you can install Qualcomm’s Skifta app to play music from either your smartphone or desktop computer.
Arrive on Time
Don’t waste time taking a traffic-laden route to your party, and don’t leave the party when everyone else is. Use Waze's popular app, which employs crowd-sourced information to deliver real-time traffic conditions and gas station pricing.
Monitor Your Meat
Being a grill master used to mean strapping on an apron and making the best burgers and steaks in your neighborhood. If you really want show off your command of the fiery steel, just add Wi-Fi to your grill. The BBQ Guru CyberQ WiFi is a thermostat for your BBQ. Once installed, you can can monitor and control the temperature of your grill via the Pit Pall BBQ App. You can even set it to receive notifications once your meat is fully cooked! Arh arh arh arh!
Yes, you've read correctly. The touchscreen-equipped kegorator runs Android and lets you turn the tap on and off via Android app. You can even activate the app via NFC tag or NFC-equipped smartphone.
Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi Coffee Machine Prototype
Sure it’s only a prototype, but maybe someone in the lab will let me borrow it. To illustrate use cases for device-to-device connectivity via Qualcomm Alljoyn, a few engineers got together and hacked a coffee machine—they added Wi-Fi and Alljoyn software stack so it can notify a Windows RT tablet when the coffee is ready. I want this.
I am a lazy man. And like all lazy men, I don’t like to vacuum. The robotic vacuum cleaners from Roomba will vacuum up after the party, automatically. But for those hard to reach spots, I can control it with this Android app.