The smart kitchen - when your dinner makes itself

Imagine receiving a text message or email on your smartphone while you’re on the commute home, telling you dinner will be ready in 15 minutes.

Nothing unusual about that.

Except this text message has not been sent by your significant other half, it’s been dispatched wirelessly by your cooker.

Your cooker knows what time you should get home and what is the premium time to have dinner ready so the family can sit down together for their regular evening meal.

Except, your train is delayed and you’re going to be late. So you send a reply text back and the cooker adjusts the cooking time accordingly. Nothing will be spoiled, no burned pastry or overcooked vegetables here.

Sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it? But the truth is, its really not that far off.

Your kitchen is getting smarter by the day.

We already have coffee machines that can be controlled remotely via an app on your smartphone. And internet-connected fridges that will soon be able to sense what you are short of, order it from your chosen online grocery store and even have it delivered to your door.

There are already domestic tech manufacturers developing GPS-enabled kitchen equipment that will sense automatically when you’re nearing home so dinner can be ready when you arrive at the door.

Before too long some bright spark will realise that if all these machines can inter-connect and speak the same mechanical language then the team ethic will mean they’ll achieve so much more together than alone.

It’s impressive stuff and it won’t be long before we look back at these years and wonder how we managed to survive without Fred The Fridge’s precise grocery ordering skills getting dinner in for us.

What do you think, is this a step too far?

Smart Kitchen

Category: Technology