Rihanna kitchen scales with in-built iPod dock
By Paul Ridden
November 16, 2009
Kitchen scales are essential for making sure your culinary delights turn out as expected. ADE-Germany has included another ingredient in the soon-to-be-released Rihanna model which is squarely aimed at those who like to listen to music while they rattle about in the kitchen. Currently in the prototype phase, the Rihanna kitchen scale is claimed to be the world's first to feature an iPod docking station. A recipe for success or iPod overkill?
Founded in 1935 in Hamburg, ADE-Germany was hit hard during the second world war when its building was bombed. The building, and the business, was rebuilt during the 1950s and now manufactures over a hundred different kinds of scales and measuring equipment for business, the medical and research establishments and the public.
Early next year, ADE-Germany plans to release a new model which is squarely aimed at those who like to listen to music while they rattle about in the kitchen. Currently in the prototype phase, the Rihanna kitchen scale is claimed to be the world's first to feature an iPod docking station.
The iPod dock sits above the 42.5 x 20 mm LCD display and sends the sounds down to a 2-Watt speaker that lies beneath the safety glass surface of the weighing area and shouldn't interfere with accurate measurement as it booms out your favorite tunes.
Playback control is taken care of on the player itself and the volume via the base of the scales. AC mains power input for the unit falls in the 100 to 240V range at 50Hz while the LCD is powered by a Lithium battery.
The weighing part of the device will handle loads of up to 5Kg, graduated in 1g steps, and display a message if the item is too heavy for the scales to handle. There's a useful add and weigh tare function and an indicator to let you know how much power is remaining in the battery.
The Rihanna will be available in black/silver for about €70 (about USD$105), details will appear on the consumer section of the company's website closer to the time of release.
ADE-Germany has also said that it is also looking to produce a set of bathroom scales incorporating an iPod dock. Whether a WiFi update feature will be included, as seen on Withing's bathroom scales, remains to be seen.