The Smart appliances have the ability to receive, interpret, and act on a signal received from a user. They are equipped with different sensors and designed with connectivity features that can connect to smartphones, tablets and other household appliances.
Inspired by our Analyst Q&A with Karen Wells earlier this week, we’ve decided to look at some of the latest smart appliances that are changing the way consumers interact with food and beverages. Here are 4 of our favourite pieces of tech from the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week.
1. Whirlpool Zera Home Recycler
One of the most interesting pieces of tech came from the Whirlpool Corporation. They unveiled a new kitchen appliance that turns food waste into fertilizer. The American manufacturer says the product can convert a week’s worth of food waste into ready-to-use homemade fertilizer within 24 hours.
The Zero Food Recycler breaks down the food waste using a combination of oxygen, moisture, heat and mixing to expedite the decomposition process. The Zera system works year-round regardless of the weather and can remotely operate the appliance through the Whirlpool mobile app.
2. Smart Fridges
Samsung first debuted their Family Hub Refrigerator at CES 2016. The $6,000 four-door fridge came with WiFi connectivity, a broad selection of apps and cameras on the inside to help you keep track of your groceries.
The new Family Hub 2.0 boasts 10 different models. It features advanced voice technology that lets you access the fridge’s apps using voice commands. Samsung say this will include checking the weather, managing your shopping lists, playing music and ordering groceries online.
LG’s new Smart InstaView is another notable entry into the smart appliance market. The fridge is powered by Amazon’s Alexa, which means consumers will be able to play music and buy goods via voice command. The fridge will also warn if products are near their expiration dates.
There are also options for those of us that want additional features but don’t want to purchase a brand new smart fridge. Smarter unveiled its FridgeCam, a refrigerator camera that can tell you when your food is about to expire or when you are running low on groceries. This wireless camera comes with an app that allows users to see the contents of their fridge from anywhere.
3. Snap It - Calorie Tracker
Here’s an app to help with your New Year’s resolution. Boston-based Lose It! has released a new feature called Snap It within its calorie tracking app. Lose It lets you manually log in food you eat and allows you to connect fitness trackers for more accurate data.
With the new feature, all you need to do is take a picture of your meal and the app will automatically identify the foods in the image to offer estimated calorie counts. The app uses advanced image recognition technology to identify foods and report calorie levels in seconds. The company has gone as far as to claim its image recognition technology is better than Google’s.
4. FoodMarble’s AIRE device
The AIRE by FoodMarble is a portable digestive tracker that can help people with bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation. The device can analyze the amount of gas in your bloodstream the way a breathalyzer would monitor your blood alcohol level.
The device monitors your FODMAP levels, which are a certain type of carbohydrates found in many foods that turn into gas in your gut. The AIRE can tell from your results how you’ll respond to certain food and keep record of these results in a food logger built into the app.
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