At least three people reported that their smart countertop stoves turned on overnight without their knowledge, according to reports from T on Spoon and The Verge .
June, the company behind the smart ovens that unintentionally turned on, said it plans to release a software update in the near future that will allow owners to deactivate a feature that allows them to heat the oven from their smartphone, which may fix the problem.
Errors related to the way in which the user's devices communicating with the oven are to blame for accidental heating, according to the company.
In one scenario, the owner's oven switched on unconsciously around 2:30 in the morning and collapsed 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius), The report by Verge states. The owner only noticed hours later when he woke up.
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For the other two owners since June, similar analyzes have been published in a private Facebook group for the owners of the oven in June.
One member wrote of an instance in which his oven was turned on at 1.20 in the morning and baked at 425 degrees F (218 C) for more than four hours. Another use states that her phone woke her up at 6:30 in the morning with a push notification indicating that the oven had been preheated to 400 degrees F.
The June oven is a hob device that uses a combination of sensors and cameras for identifying food and cooking, respectively. The first version was priced at nearly $ 1500 (NZ $ 2330) when it was released in 2016, but the latest model starts at $ US700. The company was founded by former Path CEO Matt Van Horn and former Apple engineer Nikhil Bhogal.
"The safety of our product is a No. 1 priority in June and the company has taken a number of precautions in the production of the June oven," a June spokesman said in a statement to Business Insider .
"We have been in the furnace market for four years now and we have a large, passionate community. These cases are for sure, but we have a team of engineers working to ensure that consumer mistakes can be avoided in The best case scenario is to hear from customers in real time, as June does, to deal with any problems when they arise. "
Van Horn also stated that the company takes" accidental preheating seriously " in a Facebook post by the oven owners group in ju and, adding that the company is working on protective measures to prevent such cases in future.
In addition to deactivating the remote preheat function. , the company will also add a feature to its ovens, which uses sensors and cameras on the device to detect when there is no food in the oven so it can turn off the heating elements after a period of time.
This is not the first time that an intelligent home appliance has malfunctioned and has led to a situation that could potentially cause harm. In 2016, the problem caused some Nest Learning Termostats to shut down in the winter, as The New York Times reported, leaving some homeowners with very cold homes.
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