Ok, say you were to rank all of the important activities of life: work, play, exercise, sleep, sex, eating.
While the results may vary by age, there’s no doubt that most of us would put partaking in food and drink as one of the most important. After all, not only is eating necessary to live and something we do three or more times a day, it’s something most of us often find immensely enjoyable.
But it’s even more than that. Consider all the various aspects of eating: the cost, the nourishment and health impacts, the social nature of eating.
And then there is the act of cooking itself. Whether you view it as a mundane task, a hobby or an art form, it’s something many spend a considerable amount of our life doing and learning how to do.
So it’s not surprising that with food being so all-consuming (apologies) that the kitchen is fast becoming a hotbed for innovation in the Internet of Things era. Companies big and small are starting to apply a combination of smart apps, cloud, sensors and other technologies to make the kitchen more responsive and intelligent.
Here are a few examples:
No matter what the kitchen appliance, chances are one of your favorite white goods manufacturers has released a “smart” version that is connected and controllable via an app. Samsung, LG and others have Wi-Fi connected fridges, GE has a smart stove, Whirlpool will help you remotely clean your dishes, and Crockpot and Belkin can help check in on that stew you’re making from work with a connected Crockpot.
Combine a sensor-enabled scale with a smart app and big data and what do you get? Quantified cooking. The inextricably linked nature of cooking and health have made food choice as much about monitoring the impact on our bodies as it has about simple sustenance, which has meant the arrival of numerous new devices that help us measure and quantify exactly what we are putting in our bodies. From connected cups to smart scales, it’s possible to now know how much and of what each food item has.
Expertise In a Box
Used to be you’d have to spend a significant amount of time and resources to be able create gourmet or specialty foods from scratch at home . However, with the arrival of connected cooking devices, channeling your inner Gordon Ramsey is becoming easier by the day. Whether its app controlled sous vide cookers or smart thermometers, technology is helping to yawing gap between average folk and a trained chef. Heck, you can even become a brewmaster in your own home nowadays with a beer brewing appliance.
So take note everyone who eats (I’m assuming that’s most of you), things are a-changing. How we cook, measuring what we eat, the cleaning and storing of our food all are about to change significantly over the next decade in the Internet of Things era. The application of mobile, cloud, sensors and other enabling technologies are being embraced today by both big appliance makers and and new disruptors who are on a mission to reinvent the kitchen.