Connected kitchen devices took this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by storm. From smart refrigerators and interoperability apps to futuristic cook tops and even a smart crock pot, its clear that big brands like Whirlpool, Samsung and LG have their eggs in the smart kitchen basket.
We’ve highlight 8 of the more innovative future kitchen concepts on display at CES. Which far-out technologies do you think will flourish, and which ones do you think may bite the dust? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whirlpool’s kitchen of the future prototype features a touchscreen cooktop, which allows your soup recipe and boiling pot to live side-by-side. The surface uses induction to heat pots, keeping the cooktop cool to the touch, because induction heating elements only interact with metal. The cooktop is also social, with pinterest, facebook and other recipe-friendly social media sites available at the swipe of a finger. Whirlpool estimates that the product is about 5 years out.
LG’s HomeChat will allow users to communicate with home appliances, as if they were real people . A partnership with Japanese mobile messaging client Line, when used with LG’s Smart Manager software for refrigerators, HomeChat will allow users to message their fridge from the grocery aisle and ask questions like: “Are there any eggs left in the fridge?,” or “Is anything about to expire?”
Dacor’s Discovery iQ 48″ Dual-Fuel Range allows users to watch cooking tutorials and access recipes on the range and warns users via text when their food is ready. Utilizing the same technology as Dacor’s Discovery wall oven, it even allows users to control the range remotely via smartphone or tablet. The stove also has a built-in digital meat thermometer, which automatically pauses once you’re meat reaches the perfect internal temperature.
Samsung’s newest wifi-enabled refrigerator lets users make and receive phone calls and transfers TV programming from other rooms directly onto the refrigerator screen. Samsung believes that the refrigerator represents the central hub of the kitchen, and with this latest wifi fridge the company aims to help bring families together and keep them connected. This model will be launching later this year in Canada.
Samsung’s Smart Home App lets users manage all of their connected devices through a single smartphone or tablet app. The company aims to make the whole smart appliance ecosystem less daunting for the everyday consumer.
GE’s Brillion App now allows users to monitor their ovens remotely, without access to Wifi. The iOS and Android apps are currently available for a handful of GE profile wall oven models only.
Whirlpool’s far-out idea for a next generation kitchen suite would allow all appliances to communicate with one another via app. The smart refrigerator would keep a running inventory of its contents, and then suggest recipes and even automatically program the smart oven according to those dishes.
The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer contains a probe which monitors the temperature of your food while it’s cooking and sends that information back to you via iOS app. The larger version of the device has two probes and can monitor two locations in one item (a turkey, for example) or in two different items.