Ready, tech, cook!
As we recently shared, we’re bringing you a whole new taste of the future at this year’s Food Loves Tech. Located within the expo’s “In the Home” arena, the Connected Kitchen will offer a truly hands-on exploration of the future of food.
Fully equipped by GE Appliances, in partnership with PC Richards, the cutting-edge culinary center will demonstrate how smart technology benefits the everyday consumer, by revolutionizing the long stagnant kitchen space. Think refrigerators that brew coffee, LCD wall ovens with precision cooking modes and Hestan Cue cookware, embedded with culinary sensors in both the pan and burner, to seamlessly adjust cooking temperatures as you proceed through a recipe.
And at the center of it all is GE’s recently launched Kitchen Hub—comprised of a 27-inch touchscreen and 600 CFM ventilation hood that sits over the stove. Featuring a built-in Google Assistant and duel-facing cameras, it allows you to engage in live chat, capture and post photos of your food, and even watch movies or listen to music while you cook, or have a how-to video lead you through a recipe in real time.
“We believe the structure of our U+ Connect open platform allows us to bring our best technology combined with the latest innovation from our ecosystem partners, to construct an ever-evolving living system that gets better over time,” says Shawn Stover, vice president of Smart-Home Solutions at GE Appliances. “This allows us to create a layer of orchestration between ourselves and our partners, to continually bring new features to life for our owners.”
One of their paramount partners is Innit; the world’s first connected food platform. Essentially a culinary GPS, Innit’s software provides content, in the form of recipe tutorials and nutrition guidance, and creates Expert Cook Programs, which allow consumers to leverage advanced features of their smart appliances (including calculating ideal temperatures and heating functions based on the weight and attributes of various food items) and enable them to quickly build customized meals based on their personalized Food Profiles.
“A Smart Kitchen isn’t smart if it doesn’t know food. Innit has invested five years of R&D to understand food deeply, starting with the acquisition of personalized nutrition leader Shopwell and continuing with fundamental work on modular meals and automated cooking,” says vice president of product Ankit Brahmbhatt. “Innit is the first end-to-end consumer platform to connect the entire food journey of PLAN-SHOP-PREP-COOK. By helping users save time, cook healthy meals and maximize confidence in the kitchen, Innit helps people live and eat better every day.”
Innit also happens to be in charge of “In the Home” programming for Food Loves Tech, showcasing the consumer digital experience on a Google Home Hub device and bringing in top chefs like Tyler Florence, Sam Kass and Brian Duffy to use their connected cooking platform and GE Appliances’s Wi-Fi-enabled appliances. Each will incorporate Tyson products into their meals to show the incredible results that are possible with everyday food.
“Our goal at Food Loves Tech is to show users how the future of the connected kitchen will dramatically impact their lives for the better,” Brahmbhatt adds. “imagine being able to ensure that every time you step into the kitchen to prepare a meal, the outcome is predictably delicious, all while taking less time.”