Bon Appetit! GE Firstbuild’s Cooktop Paragon Gains Nearly $160,000 in Two Days on Indiegogo

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FirstBuild, GE Appliances’ new global co-creation community of designers, engineers and appliances users dedicated to developing and manufacturing the next generation of home appliances, launched the Paragon Induction Cooktop earlier this week with discount pricing through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

FirstBuildParagon enables home cooks to achieve restaurant quality results for a variety of cooking techniques using a Bluetooth-connected temperature sensor and associated iOS app.  The 1,400-watt Paragon Induction Cooktop controls temperatures within 1 degree Fahrenheit so it can be used for precision cooking techniques like sous vide.

A wireless temperature sensor continuously monitors temperature and sends this information to the cooktop, which automatically adjusts the burner’s heat output to maintain the set temperature. The Paragon Induction Cooktop is capable of multiple precise cooking techniques: sous vide, deep-frying, simmering, and holding at a precise serving temperature are all assisted by the wireless temperature sensor. It doubles as an induction cooktop so sous vide cooking and searing can be done all on one device.

Paragon was co-created by FirstBuild and its community of makers. Brad Walchak, a community member, submitted the original idea for a cooktop that could be controlled via a wireless temperature sensor. In November 2014, FirstBuild launched design challenges to continue development of the industrial design and the mobile app. Winning submissions by Cosmin Mandita and Aaron Ma had a significant influence on Paragon’s final design.

Natarajan VenkatakrishnanDirector of FirstBuild, Natarajan Venkatakrishnan stated,”We believe this product, generated by the FirstBuild community, will appeal to cooking aspirers, early adopters and crowdfunding enthusiasts. Our co-creation model, in which ideas can come from anywhere and design and manufacture happen quickly, enabled us to develop this product and sell it at a low price point to home cooks who want to achieve restaurant quality results.”

Early bird pricing begins at $149, with future retail pricing expected to be $249. Since its launch on Monday (February 2nd) the project has quickly surpassed its initial goal of $50,000 and is currently at nearly $159,000 thanks to over 1,000. The campaign is set to close on March 9th.

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