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UPDATE: Paragon has now launched on Indiegogo! Follow the campaign.

Have you ever wondered why ovens cook at precise temperatures like 325°, but cooktops are limited to a scale of numbers or ambiguous settings like low, medium and high? Every home chef, foodie and new cook alike, has experienced the frustration of burning the first pancake, only to undercook the second.

FirstBuild’s newest innovation, the Paragon mat, solves this problem by precisely controlling pan temperature. While a lot of the details are still forthcoming – the Indiegogo campaign launches Wednesday, January 4 – it operates on the same basic feedback control technology that we developed for the original Paragon Induction Cooktop. The burner receives a constant feed of information from a sensor that is in direct contact with the pan so your cookware temperature is precisely where you want it to be.

Cooking methods like searing and sautéing can sometimes feel like you are walking a tightrope. If the temperature is too low, it can take forever to cook and you don’t get any of the benefits of caramelizing (that effect that makes your food taste so good). If the temperature is too high, your food could burn on contact. With the new Paragon mat, you will never have to worry about adjusting the dial on your stove again. Consistent temperature means consistent results, allowing even novice home chefs to nail recipes that they never dreamed of being able make at home.

So, while we can’t release all of the details of the product just yet, check out this video we made a few months back showing how the new Paragon system fares with one of the kitchen’s most vexing challenges. In the meantime, sign up for our mailing list and you will be assured VIP access to Paragon launch day pricing.

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