CES 2015 has been all about connecting everyday home appliances to the internet to be controlled, or monitored by your iOS device. Connected appliances seem to be most prevalent in the kitchen at this year’s show. Smarter had a couple products to show off beginning with the Smarter Coffee machine, which lets you make a cup from the comfort of the accompanying app. It does more than that as the Smarter Coffee Maker can provide a pre-scheduled morning cup of coffee. It also asks if you want a cup when you get home, sends a reminder when it needs a refill, and can adjust the strength of your coffee based on sleep data from compatible fitness bands.
The Smart Coffee Maker is new for 2015, but Smarter also has the iKettle, which was new to us, and many CES attendees. The iKettle lets you boil water remotely to have it ready from your bed, or on your way home from work. The system also tells you when the water is ready to pour, when the system needs a refill, and when the kettle is empty. Kettle’s have a built-in steam based mechanism to alert you, so this isn’t the most necessary thing, but starting remotely is a neat feature. The iKettle is £99.99, and the Smart Coffee Maker is £149.99, though they’re shipping in the UK only at the moment, and it’s unclear if they will come stateside.
Another interesting smart kitchen utility is Pure Imagination’s Perfect Bake. It’s a smart scale system that comes with three mixing bowls, an oven thermometer, and a device stand. The scale connects with your device to use weight to properly measure recipe requirements, so you don’t even need measuring cups. One of the neatest features is the connected app, which includes hundreds of recipes, and ties the measurements directly to the recipe. The smart scale can even course correct based on desired servings, or pouring out too much of a particular ingredient. The Perfect Bake is available now for $69.99 at Brookstone.
XYZPrinting is taking smart kitchen appliances to the next level with their Food Printer. It’s a like a 3D printer, but you can input ingredients like chocolate, sugar, dough, and more. The Food Printer can then print out uncooked ornate cookies, or cake decorations that then need to be baked, but are already formed into good looking edibles. XYZPrinting is planning a second quarter 2015 launch for their Food Printer that will come with a touch screen to select pre-set designs, and a USB to load in more designs.
Finally, Panasonic had their own smart connected kitchen appliances, which were more proof of concept than anything else. Panasonic placed camera, and sensors in their ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers to send the information to an accompanying app. In the oven for example, the app would let you keep an eye on what’s cooking, and can analyze when it’s done based on the internal temperature, and what you’re trying to cook. That way you don’t have to continually open, and close the over, and lose heat each time doing so. The fridge has image recognition, so you always know what you have when you’re shopping, and the fridge can also recognize, and alert you about expiration dates.
If CES 2015 was any indication, the kitchen is getting smarter whether you want it to, or not.