Out of the Frying Pan, into the Future: Smart Tech in the Kitchen

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Out of the Frying Pan, into the Future: Smart Tech in the Kitchen

We’ve got smartphones that connect to our smart cars, which we’ll soon be driving around in our smart cities. The information age isn’t limited to leaving your house, however. Home is where the smart is – and no more so than in its heart, the kitchen.

Appy eater

How is the humble home of food preparation pushing science and technology forward? Simply, kitchen connectivity. After all, it’s at the centre of all smart technology. Information-heavy apps that rely on intuitive joined-up thinking. You’ve already got app-controlled security systems, lighting and appliances. Heading home to a cold house? Grab your phone, open the app and put the central heating on. A simple swipe or two to make sure your home is nice and toasty for when you return.

But what if you wanted actual toast as you enter the door? Easy. That’s the smart revolution, popping up warm crusty bread thanks to the flick of digital convenience. As long as you’ve already remembered to leave bread in the grill before you’ve left the house, of course.


The science of appliances

How about FridgeCam, that lets you peek at your chilled goods without opening the door? Keep track of your perishables with a best before date checker, eliminating waste and expense. Run out of dishwasher tablets? Perhaps next time get a machine that intuitively orders new ones direct from Amazon before they run out. Wireless charging from your kitchen worktop? Chopping veg has never felt so space age.

From cocktail makers that’ll rustle up your next mojito to coffee machines grinding beans to the user’s exact specifications for the morning after, smart kitchen technology is all about delivering bespoke convenience at the touch of a button.

But even with all that there’s still a certain amount of preparation involved. For some truly next level culinary skills, how about trying a slice of the future as served up by innovators such as Moley? They’re the team who’ve designed the world’s first kitchen-integrated robotic chef. Seriously.

Can’t cook? Don’t cook!

Imagine a kitchen where your meals are made with pin-sharp precision and accuracy by an expert chef whose only requirement is a mains supply and the right ingredients. Sounds fanciful, tastes delicious – and you don’t need to take it with a pinch of salt. Unless the salt is required, of course.

Moley’s astonishing culinary bot cooks from a built-in range of cupboards, units and appliances. A pair of articulated hands reproduce exactly the movements of a camera-tracked expert from the BBC’s MasterChef. It’s a fully automated kitchen with the smarts to prepare any meal a human chef can muster up. Choose from a smorgasbord of available meals and sit back whilst the automaton works its Michelin starred magic. It’ll even wash the dishes afterwards. (Try getting a pro chef to do that.)

That’s technology that’s taken some hyper-meticulous engineering; ultra-precise planning and design achieved using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. When dealing with minute measurements and the millisecond accuracy of cooking’s greatest demand – perfect timing – Moley needed a design software program that uses real physics and on-point material replication. Arriving on the market this year, their incredible kitchen looks set to bowl over dinner guests the world over.

With one touch of a screen, your smart kitchen will prep, cook and wash up when you’re done. Meantime: put the kettle on.