Fall Back in Love with Your Kitchen
In the early 20th century, families updated kitchen appliances first to become more modern.
Look at the Frigidaire “iceless” refrigerator of 1922, or their washing machines of the late 1940s.
Many of the smart home innovations of the early 21st century focused on the whole house. Think smart thermostats, security systems or lighting. It sometimes seems like the kitchen lags in the technology race.
But the heart of the home will catch up in 2018. We’ve collected 6 of the most promising smart appliances you need in your kitchen.
This device by Hiku looks like a fridge magnet. It’ll help you keep your kitchen and pantry stocked. You can tell it which groceries you need, or scan barcodes if that’s easier. The device adds them to a shopping list on your phone.
Share lists among the people in your home so your partner can add extra items while you’re heading to the store. It also lets you order online through limited partners.
It boasts two months of battery life, but you can charge it using its micro-USB port.
Did you think we’d include a smart fork on our list? The HAPIfork is exactly that. We sometimes eat too fast, so our bodies don’t register we’re full until we’ve eaten too much. The HAPIfork’s senses how fast you eat. It uses small vibrations and indicator lights to tell you to slow down.
If you’re looking to lose weight in 2018, then the HAPIfork could be an interesting device option.
3. Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Slow Cooker
The slow cooker seems dated now, but the idea remains a good one. Throw everything into the pot, turn it on, and leave it to cook.
How can you make something so simple, “smart”? You add smartphone functionality as the WeMo Smart Slow Cooker has.
Want to start something cooking at lunch so it’ll be ready when you get home? Turn on the cooker using your phone. Held up at the office so you’ll be later than planned? Lower the temperature, so your dinner isn’t overcooked. It’ll even tell you when your food is ready.
4. June Intelligent Oven
Prefer a more traditional over to a slow cooker? Try the June Intelligent Oven. It uses convection technology to heat up fast and maintain temperature.
The oven uses an internal camera to identify food. You tell it your cooking preferences. Then leave the oven to do its job. It uses a food thermometer to make sure it’s cooked the way you like it.
It’ll alert you via your phone when it’s ready. Or watch your food cooking if that’s your thing.
It’s also safe to touch, keeping the heat on the inside. The oven runs automatic updates to keep its software current.
5. LG InstaView ThinQ™ Black Stainless Steel Refrigerator
LG has a range of refrigerators in their SmartThinQ line. But their InstaView ThinQ will take “futuristic” to a new level when it hits the market. Its transparent touchscreen lets you see the contents of your fridge. Set food expiry dates or leave digital notes.
Running to the store to buy a few groceries? Use the companion app to check what’s in the fridge. Or use its built-in speakers to stream your favorite songs in the kitchen while you cook. Control the music with your SURE Universal Remote app.
You can even turn on vacation mode via their companion app to save energy.
6. Drop scales
Dream of whipping up delicious dishes, but reality leaves you with a bitter taste in your mouth? Try the Drop scales. Choose a recipe from the connected app. The scales guide you through the cooking or baking process with exact quantities.
Don’t have enough of an ingredient? The scales offer alternatives or recalculate the other measurements to suit. You’ll be a food wizard in no time.
Fall Back in Love with Your Kitchen
If you’re new to IoT technology, pick the device that most resembles something you already use. Add more devices as older appliances break down, or you need their features.
Over to you – which of these devices would you love in your kitchen?