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Hello Egg is part smart speaker, part cooking assistant

Hello Egg is a voice-activated countertop assistant that can project cooking videos and build grocery lists.

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Ashlee Clark Thompson

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Ashlee spent time as a newspaper reporter, AmeriCorps VISTA and an employee at a healthcare company before she landed at CNET. She loves to eat, write and watch "Golden Girls" (preferably all three at the same time). The first two hobbies help her out as an appliance reviewer. The last one makes her an asset to trivia teams. Ashlee also created the blog, AshleeEats.com, where she writes about casual dining in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Hello Egg is part timer, part Amazon Echo and part crystal ball.

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If you're a crappy cook, the Hello Egg might be the kitchen assistant to guide you pass burnt grilled cheese sandwiches.

Makers of this smart speaker-like gadget showed off the Hello Egg's skills, which include voice recognition and video projection, at CES in Las Vegas Thursday. The Hello Egg will cost $120 (roughly £100 or AU$205, converted) for a basic version and $350 (about £290 or AU$475) for a premium version when it's released later this year.

Hello Egg is like an Amazon Echo designed just for your kitchen. It looks like the crystal ball the Wicked Witch of the West used to spy on Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," with an eye that looks like an egg yolk that moves around the screen. You can ask your Hello Egg for a recipe, and it will project videos that how to complete each step. And, true to its name and egg-timer-like shape, it can act as your kitchen timer, too.

You can preorder a Hello Egg online. Its creators also plan to launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the product in March.

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