At the Smart Kitchen Summit (SKS) in Seattle, the focus was on practical innovations, not flashy, unnecessary gadgets. Culinary technologist Scott Heimendinger criticized pointless technology like Wi-Fi-enabled rolling pins, stressing the need for tech that solves real kitchen problems.

A key example was Joule’s food thermometer, which initially struggled with apps and Wi-Fi connectivity. Chris Young, former CEO of ChefSteps, shared how the lack of a screen scared away half of their customer base. Young’s new Combustion Predictive Thermometer Plus Display is a smart, large-screen meat thermometer that doesn’t require Wi-Fi.

This shift towards practical and user-friendly kitchen gadgets was evident throughout the conference. Companies are now focusing on making cooking easier, healthier and more personalized using generative AI.

New products unveiled included an Impulse Labs induction cooktop with a built-in battery, a Chefee robot chef with a $60,000 price tag, and the Chef IQ Mini Oven, a smart oven that heats up faster than air fryers. The kitchen also showcased wireless powered kitchen appliances such as a blender and kettle that work with an induction cooktop.

Overall, the trend is moving towards a smart kitchen ecosystem that seamlessly integrates appliances and recipes, simplifying the cooking process and improving the user experience.

Source: The Verge