Edit: Decided to go the homemade route a few posts down. Updated the original title to reflect that.
Original post as follows:
I've been considering building a custom "airfryer" to be controlled by a Raspi, as it seems pretty straightforward - not much more than a heating element plus a fan in an air-circulating enclosure. But after reading some other threads regarding similar functionality, it looks like it could actually be easier and safer to use an existing, pre-made airfryer or similar mini-oven.
If you're unfamiliar with airfryers, they're pretty compact and make delicious, relatively healthy food: https://youtu.be/9pbJUn2y6Aw?t=160
I was wondering if anyone has any experience with or might be able to point me in the right direction for controlling pre-made appliances like this with a Raspberry Pi.
I'm still open (and would prefer) to build something of my own so that it can be more easily customized (plus it'd probably be cheaper right?), but using an existing appliance seems more realistic right now.
This is what I'm currently using at home: https://www.usa.philips.com/c-p/HD9641_ ... n-airfryer
There isn't much to it other than setting the temperature and time to cook. It seems like there should be some way to "hook" into the appliance's circuit board and send whatever signals are necessary to 1) set the temperature 2) set the time to cook and 3) turn it on.
Does this sound feasible? Or should I just make my own?
Also, FWIW, I have a bachelor's degree in computer hardware engineering but I'm really rusty in that regard as I've spent the last decade working on software.