CES 2013: Android-Powered Oven Loaded With Apps
Looks like the future is going to be tasty. This week the world’s first oven with built-in Android controls debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Appliance-maker Dacor showed off its new 30-inch Discovery wall oven on the show floor. Front and center is a Wi-Fi connected 7-inch LCD touchscreen display with stereo sound. It’s basically a tablet computer embedded in the oven, allowing wannabe chefs to check email and search for recipes instead of placing a laptop near food prep.
On a practical level, the oven also has a proprietary cooking app called the Discovery IQ Controller, which you can load onto other devices. Need to start cooking something in the oven from the grocery store? No problem.
My current oven is ridiculously fancy compared to the absurdly narrow one in my first New York apartment, but this Dacor Discovery is in a whole different category. You can enter the exact weight of the meat you’re about to cook, adjust a slider to the doneness you want, and once it’s finished cooking you can get a notification on your phone. It will also keep dishes warm after they’ve been cooked and uses a unique steam function to clean smaller messes without high heat or chemicals.
All that functionality comes at a price, naturally. The ovens are expected to become available this summer from kitchen appliance retailers, priced at about $4,500 for the single oven and $7,500 for the double oven. Hat tip to Engadget’s Mat Smith, who got a firsthand look at CES.
I can just picture it: Oh, excuse me, my popovers are texting. They’ve finished baking and are warming in the oven now. Judy Jetson would know what I’m talking about.
Credit: The phone app for Dacor’s new Discovery wall oven. Credit: Mark Chubb, Phonesreview.co.uk