Whirlpool Is Trying To Build Foolproof Kitchen Appliances
The technology comes to fill a gap in the realm of 'smart' appliances and might be the answer for those looking to cook more
Preparing chef-level dishes will soon be as easy as pressing a button. Whirlpool, leading manufacturer of home appliances, and food tech innovator Innit, announced a partnership that brings food intelligence into appliances to help people eat and live better.
Jenn-Air ovens, Whirlpool’s premium brand, will be the first to use the Innit platform, which enables advanced automated cooking by working with existing technology in smart appliances—cameras in refrigerators, scales in ovens—to suggest recipes based on the ingredients available and guides home cooks through the cooking process.
Users can choose from a vast digital database of recipes, personalized to suit dietary needs and taste preferences, and receive intuitive step-by-step guidance. The platform also helps determine the temperature and time based on weight and type of food, to achieve consistent results in every meal.
“Nearly every aspect of our lives has benefitted from digital innovation, but food and the kitchen are still largely analog. Together, Innit and Whirlpool Corporation are bringing forward a new class of technology to empower people through food, while maximizing simplicity and enjoyment,” said Eugenio Minvielle, founder and president of Innit, in a statement.
“By unlocking information within food, Innit can help consumers get more out of their Jenn-Air appliances, and reduce dinnertime stress.”
Consumers were able to get a taste of the technology during a live demo at the Pirch retail showroom in New York, but Whirlpool and Innit plan to start consumer trials in late 2016, and to have all Jenn-Air connected ovens available in stores on the first half of 2017.