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Gadget Freak Case #245: The Programmable Crock-Pot

Bernard Smith created a timer that offers a delayed start, so that a slow cooker can begin cooking while everyone is out.

Like many other products developed by Gadget Freaks, Bernard Smith's delay start timer was born out of necessity.

He wanted a timer that offered a delayed start, so that his slow cooker could begin cooking while everyone was out. He went looking for such a cooker and found that no amount of money could buy a programmable version of a Crock-Pot. He decided to create his own.

Rather than turning to a complicated and complex digital timer, Smith went with a simple spring-wound timer. He devised a small, lightweight box for the gadget, and voila -- a delayed start timer for the Crock-Pot.

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