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Home appliances are a lot safer than they used to be, but cooking still accounts for nearly half of all house fires. A new product on Kickstarter aims to lower that number: Not only does it tell you when you left your burner on, but it also lets you shut it off remotely from your smartphone.

As The Verge reports, the Inirv React consists of four smart stove or oven knobs linked to a sensor unit that attaches to the ceiling. The sensor connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network, allowing owners to communicate with the system no matter where in the world they are. If the sensor detects smoke or gas, it can be programmed to send alerts to an app or shut the burners off automatically. It also detects motion, and if it senses that the kitchen has been empty for 15 minutes it will turn off the stove by default (if 15 minutes is too quick, you can adjust the setting to another of the device's four settings).

Other neat features include voice control capabilities through the Amazon Echo and a child safety lock. The project has already more than tripled its goal of $40,000, and there are still two weeks left in the campaign. To reserve an Inirv React of your own, you can make a pledge of $229 or more. Shipping is estimated to begin in December.

|Mental floss

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