Have you ever wished your humble salt shaker could play music and create dinnertime ambience?
If so, you may be shocked to learn you’re not alone.
A US company called Herb & Body has this week unveiled Smalt, which it describes as “the world’s first interactive centrepiece and smart salt dispenser designed to enhance the dining experience”.
Beyond its debatably stylish design it has built-in mood-lighting and a Bluetooth speaker to play music, helping set “the perfect ambiance – anywhere, anytime”.
Oh, and it dispenses salt smartly, too! It can measure the amounts of salt manually or via “shake,” “pinch” or “pour” gestures, using its companion app for IOS and Android. Yes, a salt dispenser which talks to your smartphone or tablet!
Herb & Body says users can also dispense salt via Amazon Alexa integration, making it the perfect tool for those monitoring their salt consumption.
The new smart salt dispenser is featured on Indiegogo, where it has a funding goal of US$25,000. Early buyers can secure it for $99, which is half its recommended retail price.
Bipan Singh, founder of Herb & Body, says Smalt is designed to further enhance the human sense of belongingness – all with the added benefit of watching your salt intake, (which is also debatable given most salt is consumed within food, not from seasoning your meal…)
“One of the most basic human needs is the need for belongingness. For centuries, one of the ways we have fulfilled this need is by gathering around the dinner table, a place where we connect, appreciate and feel appreciated,” said Singh.
With Smalt, consumers have two ways to control its powerful colour-changing mood light and amazing sound – either directly from the device’s interactive interface/LCD screen, or via the Smalt companion app, making it a unique, all-in-one interactive centrepiece.
Watch it on action in the company’s video…:
Smalt comes with rechargeable batteries that last up to four hours and features Bluetooth 4.0 technology to allow users to easily stream their favourite music – both indoors and outdoors. And it is ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in one’s hand.
Smalt’s metering mechanism allows users to easily dispense the desired amount of salt with a simple press of a button, placing the exact amount in a small, removable tray at the bottom of the device. Using the companion app, users can also make intuitive hand gestures with their smartphone to dispense salt, from shaking their phone to shake salt out of Smalt, to pinching the screen of their phone to dispense a pinch of salt. When paired with Alexa, consumers can use simple voice commands like, “Alexa dispense half a teaspoon of salt.”
With one in three Americans having high blood pressure, Smalt offers “an easy and fun way to monitor and control salt consumption, helping consumers to maintain a healthy heart,” says Singh.