Digital kitchen, IoT and smart kitchen appliances

SMart technology seems unstoppable and is now finding its way into kitchens, thanks to the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT). With the IoT, almost everything has become “smart”, including how we cook and what we use to cook in kitchens.

And the common saying, “Work smarter, not harder” certainly applies when it comes to doing routine tasks in the kitchen. From smart fridges that help our women cook their dinner, to voice-activated kitchen faucets that can fill that baby bottle at just the right temperature, the connected kitchen is one that saves time by giving our women — and men — a helping hand. who cook.

The kitchen has always been a space filled with all sorts of gadgets and appliances, and kitchen appliances like refrigerators and ovens have been some of the most technologically advanced contraptions in many homes. But with the IoT entering your kitchen, many other gadgets have become “smart”.

However, smart kitchen appliances aren’t just smart because they’re connected to IoT; they’re smart because they’re really useful and because they use smart technology to take some of the effort out of your cooking tasks.

What are smart kitchen appliances?

According to a technology company, Nanowerk, smart kitchen appliances are designed to make them easier to use and eliminate tedious routine work. Like other smart technologies, Nanowerk explains, these devices are integrated with sensor technology, some computing power, one or more actuators, and communication capabilities such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, an advanced user interface, or even l artificial intelligence (AI), for improved functionality and a more interactive experience.

Some of the most innovative IoTs kitchen appliances

smart kitchen faucet

The kitchen faucet is one of the most used, if not the most used, appliances in the kitchen. No wonder then that several manufacturers have brought many innovative solutions.

In some of the faucets, precise water measurements allow you to dispense water at the temperature you want, up to 120 degrees F (49° C), and a volume as small as a teaspoon or up to to 15 gallons (68 liters).

Additionally, in many cases, specific voice commands allow you to combine a specific temperature and a specific measurement or mix and match generic commands, for example, “Alexa/Hey Google, ask Moen to dispense 1 cup of hot water “; Create your own custom presets in the app to facilitate quick delivery of common tasks, eg “Alexa/Hey Google, tell Moen to fill the bottle”.

Filter coffee machine

Today’s advanced smart coffee machines work via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and allow you to start the brewing process from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet. Smart coffee makers let you start brews and adjust settings on your smartphone to brew your perfect cup of coffee. You can also set schedules. For example, you can add grinds before you go to bed and have your coffee maker ready to brew a hot cup of joe as soon as you wake up.

Smarter Coffee even knows when you walk through the front door, prompting you to start making a pot with Home Mode. You can also connect Smarter Coffee to your favorite smart home devices including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, etc.

All-in-one smart kitchen machine

Certainly not cheap, but the Thermomix TM6 is the second pair of hands in the kitchen that will speed up your meal prep and do the cooking for you. It replaces more than 20 devices in one, you can chop, mix, whisk, weigh, grind, knead, mince, sear, sous vide and more, all at the push of a button. You can use it to make everything from banana bread and scones to butter chicken, pumpkin soup, pizza dough or mashed potatoes – the recipe possibilities are in the thousands .

Smart Instant Pot

“What is an Instant Pot, and why is everyone obsessed with it,” you ask? Imagine having a slow cooker that also functions as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and yogurt maker. It’s the Instant Pot. This multi-tasking 8-in-1 cooker is simply an electric pot that lets you cook fast (with the pressure cook function) or slow. People love it because it’s a convenient and quick device that lets you quickly cook dinner without keeping an eye on the stove.

smart microwave

It features hands-free operation thanks to its integration with Alexa. Using an echo device, you can control it by voice command or app. A built-in humidity sensor automatically adjusts cooking power to achieve optimal heating for whatever you’re doing. It also has a preset timing menu with 23 options for everything from pizza to vegetables.

Smart thermometer

The MEATER+ is a wireless smart meat thermometer for the oven, grill, kitchen, barbecue, smoker or rotisserie with Bluetooth and WiFi digital connectivity. This top-of-the-line product is aimed at both amateur and more experienced barbecue enthusiasts, and it is much more than just a digital player with Bluetooth.

A guided cooking system guides you through every step of the cooking process to ensure consistent, perfect results. You can also set up custom alerts and notifications based on temperature and/or time.

smart air fryer

Can your air fryer be monitored and controlled via your smartphone or tablet – from anywhere? How about texting yourself when the cooking is done? This wonderful air fryer can do it.

Whether you control your air fryer directly from the screen, remotely via the app, or simply with the sound of your voice using Alexa or Google Assistant, cooking is always a breeze.

Bendall Innovation and Fuller Yield Venture Unveil Digital Yam Crusher in Nigeria

Meanwhile, a US-based company, Bendall Innovation, and a Nigerian company, Fuller Yield Ventures, have unveiled Omnismart Yam Pounder Plus, a digital yam pounding machine, also capable of preparing other “swallows”. local, like Tuwo shinkafa, effortlessly.

The machine, which is fully automated, according to the innovators, is designed to ease the stress of preparing local dishes, in Nigeria and other African countries.

Speaking at the unveiling, in the presence of the companies’ distributors and a select media outlet, Bendall Innovations Managing Director Dr. Gregson Oghafua described the product as a way to further strengthen family bonds, removing the yam pounding stress, manually, could cause in the family.

According to Dr Oghafua, one of the unique features of the machine is that apart from being fully automated, it can also prepare other local delicacies such as Semovita, yam flour, Eba and rice, Tuwo shinkafa, among others.

The Texas-based surgeon expressed hope that the machine, developed over a 15-year period, would go a long way in boosting the country’s economy by creating jobs for many Nigerians, keen to bring the products to market.

“Besides being an instrument to further deepen family ties, the unveiling of the smart Yam Pounder Plus also gives us the opportunity to make our own contribution to the growth of the national economy,” he said.

He did, however, reveal the company’s plan to set up a factory in Nigeria in 2024 where the product and other devices would be manufactured.

Also speaking at the unveiling, the Managing Director of Fuller Yield Venture, the sole distributor of the product in Nigeria, Mr. Steve Olayinka, assured the business partners of the company’s willingness to support them in the sales process. and marketing of the new offer.

He also revealed the company’s plans to offer an attractive discount of 15% per sales unit to each of its business partners, as part of the incentives.

Olayinka also revealed that the team has also entered into a partnership with one of the country’s frontline financial institutions, Zenith Bank International, which will provide financial advice and loan facilities to SMEs willing to commercialize the product.

He expressed optimism that the new invention would become a big hit in the market as it fills a gaping gap in the market.

“Many Nigerians love to eat swallows, especially pounded yam, but are generally discouraged when they see the rigors that come with it. This new machine has come to offer such people a new dining experience,” he said. he declares.

Zenith Bank’s Head of Retail Banking, Mr. Godson Nwakpa explained that the decision to partner with the team to commercialize the product was in line with the bank’s mission to partner with SMEs in the country. to develop its economy.

Apart from providing loan facilities to SMEs willing to commercialize the product but without the required financial capabilities, the bank, he added, would also provide SMEs with the business tools and support services.

Karl M. Bailey