Living in a time-and-task driven world warrants the need not only for smartphones and smart cars. But, in this modern society that we are living in the pressure to be “smart” begins at home. And there’s no better way to start it than in the kitchen. If you’re looking to turn your kitchen into a smart one, read further to know what’s new in the world of smart kitchens.

A Cloud-Based Kitchen Platform

A company named Innit which is based in Silicon Valley has developed a cloud-based kitchen platform. This platform makes use of the IoT or Internet of Things principle in which smart kitchen appliances have the capability to tell its users what recipe to cook.

For example, a refrigerator is equipped with an image recognition software that allows the sending of information to other appliances such as a smart oven. In turn, the oven will be able to regulate its temperature as well as its timing according to what’s appropriate for the food that’s about to be cooked. And since it makes use of IoT, the user will be able to do the process of cooking by controlling everything using an app. Innit CEO Kevin Brown claims that a smart kitchen is part of the natural progression of IoT.

The smart kitchen also aims to help resolve the issue of food waste by making it easier for consumers to make the best use of their food.This can be made possible by connecting the food to the right appliances. The software developed by Innit is capable of detecting which food nears expiration date or spoiling.

Smart Faucets and Sinks

Turning on the faucet without it getting dirty like your hands would be hard to do if you’re using a traditional faucet. But, what if you could turn on the faucet using a voice prompt? Kohler has now developed a faucet that activates through voice control. So, you can just tell it to turn off or on and release an exact amount of water. Another smart feature of this faucet includes the ability to monitor water usage and detect leaks.

In fact, there are also many state-of-the-art faucets and sinks that are out in the market these days. Others are featured in such as the Kraus Standart PRO KHU100-32 sink that is designed with a built-in soundproofing technology that minimizes vibration and sound. So you are more likely to expect a quiet kitchen that is free from unnecessary noise even when you’re using the sink.

A kitchen concept developed by Tipic includes an invisible sink that could also be used as a counter. If you want the sink to appear, you just wave your hand on it and that exact part of the counter will descend as a sink. By waving your hand, the sink base will lower as it is equipped with a piston mechanism. Other taps or hand gestures could enable it to regulate its water flow or temperature. Moreover, other areas of this large “kitchen counter” also acts as wireless cellphone charging station, a four-piece induction cook top  and a weighing scale that makes use of pressure sensors to activate its weighing mechanism. Although this smart worktop is still on its experimental stage, it no doubt represents what smart kitchens would have in the near future.

Now that you already have an idea what a smart kitchen looks like and how it would possibly operate, be prepared to learn how to be technically “smart” as well. Most of all, keep in mind that these smart kitchens not only require a smart user. It also needs “smart” bank accounts.

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