What the smart kitchen needs in 2020

CNET | 12/30/2019 | Staff
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If there's one area of the smart home that enjoys a nearly constant barrage of new technology, it's the kitchen. Not just because consumers spend so much time in that space, but because there are so many different angles of attack for making it smarter.

Food recognition? Sure. Voice controls? You bet. Automated reordering or live cooking classes with world-class chefs? That too. So what could manufacturers and developers possibly do to improve the crowded smart kitchen of 2020? Well, hold onto your bread robots, because I have thoughts.

WLabs - Smart - Countertop - Oven - Foods

The WLabs Smart Countertop Oven recognizes some foods.

The smart kitchen hinges on appliances learning to think for themselves, and that includes recognizing food. We've seen this dish-detecting tech in the June Oven and more recently in Whirlpool's WLabs Smart Oven. When it works, it takes the guesswork out of baking, roasting, even dehydrating. When it doesn't, you're left with burnt biscuits and a screeching smoke detector.

Amazon - Smart - Oven - Tovala - Smart

Meanwhile, the Amazon Smart Oven and Tovala Smart Oven can scan packaged foods sold in grocery stores. Sure, you might still have to stir and the Amazon model is unabashedly Whole Foods-focused, but these devices use finely tuned algorithms to make use of power levels and other modes you would probably skip over if you were doing it yourself.

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Food - Recognition - Improvement - Ovens - Fridges

Food recognition needs improvement, then it needs to be extended into more full-size ovens and fridges. We've seen a few concepts demonstrated at trade shows, like Samsung's Family Hub fridge that recognized food and the concept in-wall oven Whirlpool brought to CES last year with augmented reality, but AI that makes more decisions based on the food it sees is a necessary progression for smarter kitchens.

I don't think it's far off, given that LG announced an AI...
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