M2M Helps in the Kitchen

Cooking is a fine art in and of itself, and every artist has their unique tools for creating a masterpiece. As the world of M2M and connected devices permeates nearly every aspect of our culture, more and more of these tools are bound to become connected. In fact, the process has already begun.

In its latest line of wall ovens, GE (General Electric), www.ge.com, is allowing home cooks to remotely control the appliance via smartphone app. Users can preheat, set the timer, change the temperature or cooking function, and remotely check cooking status. This frees the user up for other tasks while the oven follows instructions from afar.

“If you want to preheat your oven while doing laundry, your new GE wall ovens can help,” says Jon Bostock, marketing manager for cooking appliances at GE Appliances. “Don’t worry about burning a casserole while you’re doing the things that matter most, such as playing with your daughter in the yard.”

The current app allows control from short distances, such as another room or a yard. An upgrade, which will increase the control radius, will be available at a later date.

Connected devices can also help with diet and portion control. A new company called Chef Sleeve, www.chefsleeve.com, is offering consumers a new Bluetooth food scale, equipped with an app which tracks what users eat and provides nutrition information. The device surfaced on Kickstarter, www.kickstarter.com, with a goal of raising $30,000. It earned $46,850 in 30 days.

By placing foods on the scale, and indicating what it is via the app, the device is able to determine both its weight and nutritional content. The app then generates USDA (United States Dept. of Agriculture) nutritional information, allowing users to monitor their nutrition intakes. The device can also switch back and forth between users, display nutrition information for a variety of foods at once, and add “favorite” foods so users don’t have to search for them.

It seems connected devices like these are paving the way for a whole new craze: Connected eating. One of the hottest items at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was the HAPIfork. From HAPIlabs, www.hapilabs.com, this connected utensil monitors a user’s eating habits, and lights up when the person is eating too fast. The data is then uploaded via USB.

The HAPIfork also measures how long it takes to consume a meal, the amounts of “fork servings” taken per minute, and intervals between fork servings. The device comes with an app and a coaching program to help improve a user’s eating habits.

Whether they’re giving users more free time to spend with their loved ones, or improving their overall health, M2M and connected devices certainly have a place in the kitchen. Knowledge and data can serve a fruitful purpose in almost any aspect of life. What better time to have it than when we’re putting fuel in our bodies?

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