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If you're too busy to keep one eye on the oven when you're cooking, or perhaps just love having fancy kitchen appliances, the June might be your next object of desire. It's a $1,495 "smart oven" a bit larger than a microwave that attempts to identify the food you're putting inside it. And instead of offering such prosaic options as "450F" or "Bake," it gives you something richer: a range from rare to well done for steaks, or a desired center temperature for fish. There's a thermometer probe that lets the computer inside June track the center temperature of meat, and a camera built into the roof of the oven that lets you check the progress of your cookies or lasagna. And the very top doubles as a digital scale. It's controlled through a connected app and a knob on the oven itself.
There are a lot of upscale stats — "dual-surround" convection fans to regulate airflow, digital TRIAC controllers that "meticulously" manage the temperature, and so on. But only a bit of practical testing will show whether the oven's brain is any good, or whether you're just replacing the worry that you're burning the roast with the worry that the computer's burning the roast. Willing to take the risk? Put down a $95 deposit to reserve yours — but do it soon, because the price jumps to $3,000 in a month.