Top 5 Smart Kitchen Technology Hits
Technology of all kinds is growing at a break-neck pace and it’s showing up everywhere in our lives including the heart of our homes, the kitchen. As a society, we crave the latest technology because we hope that it will make our everyday chores easier, decrease stress, and make us more productive, which will make us happier. Over the years, the kitchen has evolved from a domestic workstation to a room that is used for food preparation, dining, entertaining friends, homework, a home office, and a family hub for scheduling and sharing our lives. So, it makes sense that as the kitchen evolves and accommodates more activities, kitchen design and function evolves as well. As we spend more time in the kitchen, we long for devices that will allow us to spend less time on chores and more time with our family and guests and technology is the tool that can make that happen. The latest smart kitchen technology will enable us to save time, cook meals to perfection, and even lose weight. Really? Yes, even help us lose weight.
Here are the top 5 smart kitchen technology hits:
Amazon’s Alexa is the smart home assistant that has many uses in the kitchen. You can ask Alexa to make you a grocery list as you see items you need, convert measurement units, set a timer, find cooking times and temperatures for different foods, count calories for foods (help you lose weight), find a recipe, pair wine with food, and suggest alternative ingredients. These are just a few of the ways Alexa can help you in the kitchen.
Amazon’s newest product, Dash Wand, is a companion to Alexa and can scan barcodes (or enter by voice) and build a grocery and essentials list that will be automatically ordered and delivered by whom else–Amazon.
2. Samsung’s Smart Refrigerator
Samsung’s touts its newest smart refrigerator as a family hub. It has a large touch-screen, which enables family members to integrate their schedules, and send messages and photos to smart phones. Family members can build a grocery list on the screen, or use the cameras inside the refrigerator to see (via your smart phone) what is in your refrigerator while you’re grocery shopping. You can even play your favorite music through the frig. You can set expiration dates on foods to notify you when they expire. And there is a section for wine that has its own temperature setting. Who ever dreamed a refrigerator could be so smart?
GeniCan is an attachment that fits on your garbage can and scans items as you throw them away to build a shopping list. You can also add items by voice. The list is viewable on your smart phone. GeniCan will send you coupons and can even have your grocery and essential items delivered by third party services.
You can use GeniCan at work and have your office supplies delivered by Amazon or other services.
4. Smart Meat Thermometer
Nothing is more important in cooking meats and seafood than temperature. It’s easy to under-cook or over-cook protein, but not if you have a smart thermometer. The thermometer has a cable with a transmitter on one end and a probe on the other. The cable is long enough to be used in the grill or the oven with the transmitter outside. Stick the probe in the meat or seafood and connect the transmitter to the app on your smart phone. You can see the temperature on the app and even set an alarm when the protein reaches the programmed temperature. Never serve under-cooked or over-cooked meat or seafood again.
5. SmartPlate TopView
SmartPlate is the world’s first Intelligent Nutrition Platform that uses advanced photo recognition and AI (artificial intelligence) technology to identify, analyze, and track everything you eat in mere seconds. An app identifies the food item through the camera on your smart phone and the SmartPlate base weighs it giving you the portion size and calorie count (helps you lose weight). Say goodbye to manual data entry.
The amazing thing about these new technologies is that they are not outrageously expensive. In time, they may even pay for them selves. Enjoy the smart kitchen technology revolution; get the family involved and save time, make shopping and cooking easier, and even lose weight.