The Internet of Things (IoT) is bringing about a sea change in our lives. It is nothing but a technological paradigm that uses a wide range of technologies to develop various applications for multiple sectors. IoT in Kitchen helps in several ways from getting menus from restaurants to tracking your micro and macro nutrients.
IoT enabled consumer devices focus on connected devices that can help consumers with their daily lives. These devices can range from simple ones, typically worn on the body, to high-end automation applications for industries.
Among these emerging technologies IoT enabled smart kitchen and kitchen appliances is rising. The success of smart kitchens hinges on the fact that this tech improves nearly every aspect of cooking. As an example, a smart oven connects to apps that provide cooking tips. Moreover, smart kitchens can also bring down waste.
The Smart kitchen technology also tracks how long items have been in your fridge and notifies you when they’re nearing their expiration date.
Benefits of IoT in the kitchen
Here’s a list of the key benefits of an IoT enabled smart kitchen:
IoT-based connectivity in the kitchen enables people to consume healthy meals. For instance, technology has emerged that serves as a personal nutritionist, helping users to achieve their personalized health goals.
Smartphone IoT apps are capable of providing fully customized dietary programs approved by experienced doctors. Now, there are apps that can identify foods, scan food products for nutritional information and even keep track of your nutrient’s consumption throughout the day.
Also, by keeping a check on the weight of the jars through sensors, users can be alerted about the food items like lentils, nuts etc. when their quantity is less than a threshold value.
Smart Kitchens ensure safety
Here are some of the safety benefits that an IoT enabled smart kitchen brings:
- Detection of cooking gas level and mass.
- Leakage detection in cooking gas pipe/cylinder.
- Smoke detection and fire.
- Alarm sound and visible LED indicator for gas leakage and smoke detection, and low gas levels.
- Mobile notifications for gas detection, smoke detection and low gas level.
Makes Cooking Less Hectic
Cooking is not a task everybody enjoys doing. Most people find it quite cumbersome and require patience. With the help of smart kitchen appliances, you will be able to save time in the kitchen. These appliances will explain to you the steps of the cooking process, analyze your cooking preferences, and increase the efficiency of food preparation.
As IoT technology grows and matures, it will even be possible to control cooking appliances remotely with an app.
The smart kitchen helps in making cooking much easier for the average person to cook delicious dishes in less time. More importantly, consuming more nutritious food prepared in a smart kitchen will encourage people to eat healthy homemade dishes, as opposed to unhealthy fast food.
IoT In Kitchen Helps in Cost and Waste Reduction
If the refrigerators are made smart enough to process what vegetables and fruits are stored in them, and accordingly it could make suggestions of what to cook based on what’s already in your fridge, then food waste can be reduced to a great extent. Smart Fridge can also make suggestions based on what ingredients have the possibility of expiring soon.
Moreover, it would also eliminate the hassle of going to the store to buy additional ingredients.
Use Cases of IoT in the kitchen
There are several use cases of IoT in kitchen appliances, when we talk about AI enabled smart homes.
Smart kitchen devices like smart cooktops serve as highly useful replacements for the conventional cooktops. Therefore, there is no need to be concerned about the exact temperature because the app communicates cooking settings directly from the cooktop.
The scheduling can be done to turn off the flame after a certain time, which can also be suggested by the AI powered app. Also, with smoke detections, chimneys can automatically be turned ON.
Make Your Coffee with Just Your Smartphone
Using the smart coffee maker, you can make coffee remotely. By pressing a few icons on your smartphone or tablet, the coffee maker will start brewing. You hardly need to be concerned about the taste of the coffee as the coffeemaker has been used globally.
How smooth will your day go, if by pressing the stop on the Alarm clock, your Coffee maker is notified to get your coffee ready? IoT in Kitchen can introduce you to an AI empowered new world.
Camera in the Refrigerator
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a smart refrigerator featuring an LCD screen that provides information about its products, expiration dates, and your grocery list and so on?
With the help of a wireless camera added to your refrigerator, you will be able to see exactly what you have inside from any location. It doesn’t matter if you’re at work, a shop, or anywhere else, you’ll be able to see precisely what ingredients you have. This will ensure that you don’t buy what you already have in the fridge.
IoT in the kitchen provides a brain to the kitchen and transforms the most important place of the house – Our Kitchen – into intelligent and remotely accessible.
By Vidushi Gupta