It seems we may have taken our first step towards the utopic future where robots take care of people’s daily chores so that they can avoid them in favor of leisure time.
Former Apple and Google engineers teamed up in order to design a smart oven that can identify the food you pot inside it, then make the appropriate choices to cook it without needing any human assistance.
The oven works by using deep leaning algorithms in order to “see” what kind of food you are about to prepare and gives you suggestions based on what it deduced. It also has a temperature probe that’s able to send you alerts on your phone, while you relax in a different room.
Matt Van Horn, co-founder and one of the engineers working on the project, gave a statement explaining how the invention would cook a steak: “You take the steak, put salt and pepper on it, put in the core temperature thermometer, plug [the thermometer] into the oven and keep the steak in the oven, and by the time the door is closed it’s smart enough to know that it’s a steak”.
He goes on to add that the newly invented device, Dubbed “June”, knows exactly how much the steak weighs and what its starting core temperature is. Depending on your own personal preference, you can tell the smart oven to cook it medium rare for instance, and it will predict the time curve needed for that preference.
June will send you notifications on your phone when it’s done cooking, however if don’t fully trust the technology, you can always its streaming feature in order to “get a live video feed of your food”.
Design wise, the smart oven is only slightly bigger than your typical microwave oven, but it’s big enough to fit a 12 pound turkey. It sports a 5 inch touch screen and an all-purpose knob.
The top of the oven is made to act like a digital scale. When the oven is heated by electric carbon fiber, the digital scale will help keep a steady cooking temperature thought the oven. It has four (4) elements for broiling at the top, two (2) elements for baking at the bottom, two (2) convection fans, and like all smart devices also comes with WiFi.
Nikhil Bhogal, chief technology officer, informs that all these features help keep your food constantly surrounded by hot air. He stresses that the corners of the meal you prepared using the smart oven, will taste exactly like the middle of the meal.
He continues to say that the team behind the project spent a great deal of time adding precise temperature controls, which is kind of a rarity when it comes to the ovens that you can currently find on the market.
Bhogal revealed that the inspiration for the projects came from following news about Apple Inc’s smart home kit. Once they started brainstorming about how technological advancements are starting to change the home, it was hard for the engineers to imagine that the kitchen is going to remain unchanged.
June’s creators hope that the smart oven will become the primary cooking tool in everyone’s kitchen due to how efficient, versatile and easy to use the technology is. They suspect that people would only need to use an old, conventional oven when they are cooking for a very large number of guests.
June will start shipping to customers next year (2016), and you can already preorder it by putting down a deposit of $95. The full price for the first batch of the smart ovens is $1.500.
Once the device becomes widely available on the market, the price will reaching $3.000, doubling.