Named SMALT, the $199 salt shaker looks more like an electric Waterpik than a traditional salt shaker. And indeed, it is intended to do more.
Here's a quick breakdown of what the salt shaker of the future is capable of:
1) It's designed as a centerpeice that provides moodlighting for your dinners. You can see that in the funding page's photo, where a foursome of yuppies are carefully trying not to knock SMALT over as they toast the erosion of Glass-Steagall.
2) It is Bluetooth-enabled. For anybody who thought they'd hold off on Sonos until technology could provide a condiment-serving speaker.
3) It serves salt. Really. That can be achieved three different ways. You can download an app to your smart phone and program whether you want a pinch, a shake or a pour. You can connect it with Alexa and say, "Alexa, dispense a half teaspoon of salt," then see that get done. Or you can turn a dial to your preferred measurement and press dispense. Which is already one more move then our old-fashioned salt deliverance vehicles require.
And presumably you're still going to need to pick the thing up and hold it over your plate while doing the above. But what do we know? Our salt dispenser is still offensively analog.