Smalt

What did salt do to deserve a Bluetooth-connected shaker?

Not even your simple salt shaker is safe from a smart-home upgrade. A company called Herb & Body will launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign June 15 for the Smalt, a Bluetooth-connected salt dispenser that also streams music and illuminates a room with color-changing lights.

Yes, you read that correctly -- a device with a profile similar to the Amazon Echo ($185.99 at Overstock.com) and Google Home ($99.00 at Dell Home) smart speakers, but the added ability to add more flavor to your food. Smalt is a salt shaker with a Ph.D. in being extra.

"Salt does not have to be smart, but humans do," Smalt founder Bipan Singh told me. "What makes us smart is access to information. Smalt is a mode to measure, track and control sodium consumption, if one really cares to do so."

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