By: Rafael Tonon
New appliances will lead your home cooking skills to a higher level, whether it’s a simple pan or an entire robotic kitchen
As a kid, I always loved to watch The Jetsons and imagine what it would be like to have a kitchen like theirs. I remember the scenes when mother Jane just had to push a button to serve the dinner: flying pizzas and hamburguers came out from the Space Age stove – and even the bones for Astro could be served with the touch of a button. And, of course, the household robot Rosie would deal with the dishes later.
But the Jetsons’ dream kitchen seems to be more and more real nowadays, when the kitchen appliances are becoming smarter , “making cooking more intuitive and complex meals more accessible”, according to “The Future 100”, a report made by Innovation Group, which suggests some of the hot trends and changings to watch in 2017. Smart Kitchen is one of them, they predict.
Big companies such as Ikea and Samsung are keeping an eye on this market and creating new appliances and gadgets that will dominate our counter in the next few years.
Samsung just launched its smart kitchen line including wall ovens, cooktops and range hoods that include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and compatibility with all the company’s SmartThings Hub portfolio products.
The company’s manufacturers have spent the last years trying to bring new connectivity into ovens and refrigerators and creating apps that let their costumers connect to their appliances from their phones or tablets. Samsung’s showpiece is a refrigerator, which includes built-in cameras, its own set of fridge apps and a 21.5-inch touchscreen that allows users to shop for food directly from the fridge.
By adding Wi-Fi connections to its appliances, the company let users oparate their oven remotely, monitor cooking with a built-in temperature probe or check to see if there’s any cooktop burners in use. With the connectivity in place, companies are slowly making their appliances work with smart home devices outside of the kitchen, such as GE’s recently announced cooperation with Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant or the Jenn-Air wall oven that works with a learning thermostat that allows users to check the status of oven cycles, receive notifications when preheat and cooking cycles are complete, and control oven settings remotely.
Apps are being created (such as those from SmartyPans, a Silicon Valley-based company) not only to guide users throught recipes, but also to track the nutritional information of what they are cooking with precision sensors.
From smart frying pans to camera plates, kitchen equipment is looking more and more sci-fi.
When you wake up, you will be able to drink a cup of tea that provides everything you need: using data from smart sensors and wearable technology, the Totali-Tea device monitors your sleep and vital signs to combine all extracts and plants your body needs in an infusion – and even an extra dose of caffeine if you’ve had a bad night. Or drink directly a cup of coffee with beans roasted by yourself in a roaster machine you can leave in your kitchen counter and control with your iPad – a professional experience one can have at home. And at night, if you are alone at home, do not open a bottle of wine if you are drinking just one or two glasses of it: the Coravin wine preservation system allows you to siphon wine out of bottles without popping out the cork.
The truth is that we are seeing cooking technology emerge as never before. It can lead us to a future more similar to the Jetsons universe than we ever thought possible. When UK-based company Moley Robotics launches its first robotic kitchen for consumer purchase this year – a robot integrated into designed and professional kitchen that can cook with the skill of a professional chef supported by an iTunes’ style library of recipes – we will finally have our own Rosie to cook for us. And we will watch it from our couch – but not through an HD screen only showing a 1960’s cartoon.