AGA's iTotal Control range cooker packs GSM connectivity, lets you pre-heat via SMS or web

There are many options available if you want to control your appliances over WiFi, but how about an oven with its own SIM card and phone number? That's exactly what AGA has done with its latest kitchen-oriented offering, the iTotal Control range cooker. Regardless of whether you're cooking in one, or all three of its ovens, sending an SMS message to this smart appliance lets you control each one. It even texts you back to confirm whether your commands like "baking oven on" successfully initiate. The cooker naturally works over WiFi as well, giving you an on-screen emulation of its control panel on either your computer's web browser or AGA's iOS and Android apps. An external GSM remote access device -- basically a router / modem -- connects to the appliance to make it all happen, with cellular service provided by Orange. Ready to get cooking? The iTotal Control is set to sell for a hefty base-price of £10,090 (~$15,826), and you'll also be tied to a one-year contract with Orange for £5.95 (~$9) a month to enable the texting functionality. Simmer over the details at the source link below.

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May 21st, 2012

AGA iTotal Control - the all new on-off AGA you can control wherever you are

If you grew up in the 70s, it was tempting to imagine the home of the future would be decidedly space age, with robots running everything and us sitting back doing very little. This, of course, isn't quite how things turned out - but things are getting decidedly more techie in the kitchen.

AGA has taken things a step further by launching the AGA iTotal Control cooker. Owners of this innovative new range cooker will be able to control it wherever they are, using a mobile phone, smartphone, PC, laptop, iPad or tablet.

The AGA iTotal Control cooker's three ovens (roasting, baking and simmering) are remotely operated, so you can ensure the cooker is warm and supper will be cooked at exactly the time you need it - wherever you are in the world. Essentially, you can sync your AGA at the touch of a button.

Those AGA iTotal Control owners who don't have a smartphone, tablet or laptop can still take advantage of this technical revolution - simply by sending a text message to the AGA. The AGA can also be controlled via the web, so even if you have no phone signal you can use a wireless network to ensure the cooker is doing exactly what you want it to.

Everyone knows AGA food tastes better and now however hectic your life is, the world's most famous cooker works for you.

Using your AGA iTotal Control

Each AGA iTotal Control has a dedicated SIM card linked to a unique phone number. Once your cooker is installed, you should save this number into your phone. When you wish to operate it remotely, simply send by SMS text message one of the following commands:
- Roasting oven on
- Baking oven on
- Simmering oven on
- All ovens on
- All zones off
Once the text has been sent you will receive a reply saying, for example, 'roasting oven on activated'.

The app can be downloaded from Apple's app store or the Android Marketplace. You will then be directed to a screen which mimics your cooker's control panel. This will show each of the ovens, as well as symbols for all ovens on and all zones off. You then simply use the touch-screen facility to select the option you require. A message will flash on the screen saying, for example, 'baking oven on activated'.

You can also register on a dedicated website, which will allow you to control your AGA iTotal Control from a laptop, desktop PC or mobile device. The process from then on is exactly the same as when using the app