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Induction meets sous vide in the Oliso SmartHub & Top (pictures)

The Oliso SmartHub & Top combines an induction-powered base with a double-walled vessel for sous-vide cooking.

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The Oliso SmartHub & Top is a countertop sous-vide machine. Sous vide is a method of cooking in which vacuum-sealed food cooks in a heated water bath.

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The Oliso SmartHub & Top is made up of a double-walled container and an induction base that heats the top.

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The SmartHub can be used as an induction cooktop with pots and pans you already own.

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The display on the Oliso SmartHub shows the set temperature, the current water temperature and a timer when you're cooking. A different set of features appear when you use just the induction hub.

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The Oliso system is available on the company's website for $500 (roughly £330 or AU$680), a price that's on par with similar countertop systems.

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The Oliso SmartTop can get heavy and cumbersome when it is filled with water. At one point, the top weighed 25 pounds (11.3kg) when I filled it with water.

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A glass top prevents water levels from decreasing in the Oliso SmartTop.

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Oliso plans to introduce other tops that work with the SmartHub, such as a griddle top.

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