Japan loves its rice so much that the country has perfected numerous ways to quickly cook the perfect bowl of the stuff. Now that obsession with creating the perfect rice dish has extended to the current Holy Grail of technology, the smartphone.
The smartphone-controlled rice cooker from Panasonic allows you to use your handset to set the device's timer, rice type, and cooking variations. The rice cooker is also connected to Panasonic's cloud servers, allowing the user to access a number of special recipes. Selling for about $600, the set-up runs on the Android operating system and uses Japan's FeliCa-brand of NFC technology for phone-to-cooker communication.