Let your kitchen make the most of the Internet of Things

If consumer technology and electronics shows are an indication, the smart home is just around the corner. The boundaries between the technology and appliance industries are blurred and there has been a flurry of competitive action to see who can create the most compelling case for people to buy in. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, a lot of the innovation action has centred here.

A smart home informs you when the washing is done, as found with the Grundig Homewhizz. (c)grundig.com

A smart home informs you when the washing is done, as found with the Grundig Homewhizz. (c)grundig.com

However, separating the wheat from the chaff in terms of what will actually improve our home lives isn’t easy. The fridge cam, and goofy gadgets like bowls with built-in mobile phone holders are the scapegoats for homeowners who aren’t sold on the Internet of Things entering their homes. But, brands are pushing themselves to innovate ways to make the kitchen a connected and user-friendly space. The truly smart kitchen goes beyond streaming your fridge’s contents, focusing instead on making life better.

Clever gadgets and apps are the first way to test out the merits of a smart kitchen, because they are low cost and low commitment. Meat and candy thermometers, as well as kitchen scales with digital LCD screens make roasting and baking a much more precise art (learn more about why every kitchen should have a scale here).

Get recipes easier while having your IPad standing by. (c) grundig.com

Get recipes easier while having your tablets and mobiles standing by. (c) grundig.com

To reduce the guesswork further, having a new recipe on-hand is essential. That’s why there are a bevvy of tablet holders and protectors specifically made to keep your recipe close, but your tablet safe and clean.  iOS and Android apps that track everything from nutritional information, to your kitchen inventory, make eating healthier and buying wiser much easier.

The Grundig Homewhizz app uses pop-up notifications to let you know if your refrigerator door is still open. (c) grundig.com

The Grundig Homewhizz app uses pop-up notifications to let you know if your refrigerator door is still open. (c) grundig.com

Taking advantage of the smart features trusted brands have already included in appliances is another solid way to try out the smart kitchen. Appliance brands have R&D teams working hard for consumers and if you look closely at the appliances you already have you’ll find that they are outfitted with features that make kitchen life better. The Grundig Freestanding Combi GSBS 11130 X refrigerator features blue light technology that promotes produce’s natural photosynthesis process, keeping fruits and vegetables fresher for longer. It also features a holiday mode and eco mode, which reduces its energy consumption by 10%.

If you’re not ready to buy into the smart kitchen until your mind is blown, you won’t have long to wait. Game-changing innovations are upon us. Some brands, like Grundig, are launching advanced user experiences in upcoming years. The Grundig VUX (Virtual User Experience) hob for example, replaces clumsy buttons and messy dials in favour a virtual control panel, which is displayed onto the cooking surface via a projector in the hood and is operated with gestures. Not only is VUX a cleaner and more streamlined hob, but it is connected to the rest of the kitchen and home. From VUX you can operate other connected appliances and watch a video stream from other areas of the house.