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A connected kitchen: food and innovation

You are lazy and cooking seems annoying to you? You dream to get effortless pizza at home? Or on the contrary you love cooking and wish to explore new ways to cook? Be happy, connected kitchen has arrived! In an age of innovations, a lot of sectors are transforming and present more and more digital aspects. Bank, health, sport, business are digitalized. And kitchen is not an exception: numerous innovation appeared in the last years. But what is an innovation?

As part of our studies at Grenoble School of Management, Julien Grossiord, Consultant and CTO of Mediastay, lectured us about web technologies and innovations. According to the course he delivered us, innovation is a process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay.

How connected objects, as innovations, are revolutionizing kitchen?

Nowadays, people want to do things in a faster and better way in every domain. They use to having buttons on machines such as smartphones, computers, coffee machines and other robots to get what they want. Indeed, our daily life is sometime exhausting and in our modern society, we are in a hurry way all the time and we don’t always have time to do little things of day-to-day: monitoring the cooking process of dinner or preparing a good coffee or a home-made pizza for example. These are simple tasks to complete, but it still requires a lot of time and attention… As eating is still one of the most inescapable (and pleasant?) task in a day, connected objects are being developed to help you. The digital technologies are seizing the kitchen: connected objects work on their own way and simplify your life!

 

Connected objects for an innovated kitchen

But what are those objects? All sorts of small and practical devices exist which can help you in your daily tasks.

For instance, to monitor the cooking process of your long-awaiting diner after a tiring day: you don’t need to stay near the pan anymore. Meld, a stove invented by the former engineering director. Pinterest, is able to determine alone if the temperature of the pan is too low or to high thanks to the thermometer set in it. Then, if the temperature is not appropriate, Meld has the ability to regulate it itself.

Another kind of connected object is Neo, a jar invented by IndieGoGo. According to the website Stuffi, “this first smart jar” informs users about the quantity that is contained and helps them with their grocery list. Thanks to its mobile application, the owner of Neo could receive a notice to recommend him to order online to refill Neo. The “Smart Coffee Jar”, practical for drinkers of 5 coffee cups per day, works on the same principle.

According to the website monobjetconnecté.com, the fridge T9000 of Samsung can hlp you to manage your pantry. Moreover, the high-resolution touch-sensitive screen with crystals settles of 10 thumbs enables to reach the set of the features of the device as Epicurious (application managing the recipes) or Evernote (system of relatively practical note to develop your grocery list), all these features being managed by the operating system of Google.

I could illustrate my argument with additional examples, but let’s see a last one, simple, but that could save your diner if you are dazed or overworked: the EggMinder, a connected eggs tray that will cost you 50 euros. This small apparel is connected to your smartphone thanks to Wi-Fi. It informs you about the number of eggs you still have, and those you must eat first.

Those few examples of connected objects help to understand why we talk about “connected kitchen”. As innovations, they are created to make your life simpler and easier.

 

Applications: digital solutions for a delicious diner.

Furthermore, if all the connected objects for kitchen are not available yet or still too expensive, it exists all sorts of applications enabling you to get delicious food quickly, for cooking or not. séjour linguistique en Angleterre From the French app “Cuisine: 35 000 recettes à cuisiner”, to the American app “BigOven 350,000+ Recipes and Grocery List», the cook can find a recipe to experiment and some comments and tricks from other users. He also can create its own digital notebook and stores his/her favorite recipes. Moreover, in France, cooking lovers could of course use Marmiton and 750g (more designed) apps for Smartphones and tablets, known for their famous websites suggesting more than 60 000 recipes each.

Despite all that free and available help, and even if you love cooking, you are so tired to move to the kitchen? No problem, it is the kitchen that comes to you! Is there any simpler way than being delivered at your door? You can  also try the app resto-in: if you are in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Bruxelles or London, just take your smartphones, choose a restaurant in your city among a pre-selected list, choose a menu and be delivered in less than 30 minutes!

Other apps and websites go further. Labelleassiette.fr for example: it enables you not only to order a cook at home. The latter will cook at your place, in your kitchen, the menu will have chosen before. They serve you as if you were in restaurants and then clean your kitchen when their mission is over. This innovation enables you to have restaurant at home. Marvelous, isn’t it?

 

So today connected objects are part of the kitchen, because they help people live more comfortably, and for that reason, we can say they have a high potential. This trend is actually very representative of the technologic revolution we are currently living in. Moreover, 4G is developing more and more, what fosters the apparition of those connected objects. However, they are still expensive and if the object doesn’t surpass the surprise effect, the potential buyer won’t buy it because it will consider it as a gadget: he still have the same object (even if non-connected) at home.

Camille Guéguen

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Camille Gueguen