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Kitchen of the future knows what's in your fridge (PHOTO)

Kitchen of the future knows what's in your fridge (PHOTO)The experience is familiar to anyone who regularly cooks at home: Youre at the supermarket picking up ingredients for tonights dinner, but you simply cannot remember if you already have heavy cream.

You do remember buying it, so you skip it at the store and pat yourself on the back for saving a few bucks and not contributing to society's insane food waste problem. Then you get home and discover: Yes, you have heavy cream, but its expired. Guess youre not making that fancy dessert you had planned.

But what if you could actually see the contents of your fridge from the supermarket aisle?

This is one solution that Innit Inc., a Silicon Valley-based technology company, hopes to provide busy home cooks through its Connected Food platform. The technology is currently on display at Pirch in SoHo, an appliance store that encourages shoppers to play with everything on display, from sinks to showers, which opened this past weekend in New York.

Kevin Brown, Innits chief executive officer and co-founder, describes it as an intelligence layer on top of appliances, meaning that select kitchen tools will come with Connected Food technology already embedded. For those looking to upgrade non-WiFi equipped fridges and ovens, there are a few options, but a visit to the hands-on, brightly colored Pirch showroom without buying a new appliance will require a fair amount of restraint. The cost of the hardware used with Innit's cloud technologythe cameras and sensors that connect you to your kitchenwill start at around $20 to $30 when the line goes on sale in 2017, though final retail pricing hasn't been announced.

When everything is installed, simply download an app onto your iPhone or iPad, and voila: a live feed from inside your refrigerator.
Kitchen of the future knows what's in your fridge (PHOTO)

On top of showing you whats already in your fridge, Innit will tell you what you can make with those ingredients by pulling data from a trove of thousands of recipes from the New York Times, Bon Appétit, Good Housekeeping, and Epicurious. It'll even help you place an order for items youre missing, though the company has yet to announce the partnerships that will provide this service.

The oven technology can sense whats inside and tell you how to cook it, down to the right time and temperature, depending on the foods weight, the oven model, and the kitchens altitude. If you want to install cameras in your ceiling or in the bottoms of your cabinets, it can also watch you put your carrots on a cutting board and then tell you that they are, in fact, carrots while it plays a video of you chopping said carrots back to yourself while simultaneously giving you carrot recipes from the aforementioned trove.

Innit is hardly the first company to try to simplify cooking by adding complicated technology. Samsung Electronic Co.'s Family Hub fridge also tells you whats inside it while simultaneously connecting family members calendars and playing your favorite tunes. The Gourmia Robotic Cooker is just one of many kitchen robots awaiting your instruction. And pod pioneer Keurig Green Mountain Inc. was one of the earliest to convince the masses that extra technology is necessary to make coffeeone of the simplest beverages in our modern diet.

Laith Murad, Pirchs chief marketing officer, called the technology empowering, saying it is going back to the roots of human to human experiences. (The Innit website similarly describes its mission as to empower humanity through food.) Brown explained how a cook may want to invite friends over for a dinner party, gather around a screen, choose a recipe and make it together, with the technology serving as a conversation piece that could also make cooking fun.
Kitchen of the future knows what's in your fridge (PHOTO)

While Innit certainly has some major conveniences, waiting until your guests arrive to start making their dinner will probably make you feel the opposite of empowered, and gathering around a screen hardly foments human-to-human interactions. (If you're turning to recipe selection to start a conversation, you might just need more interesting friends.)

Some people may also wonder if giving the amorphous, all-knowing cloud even more personal information is really a good idea, even if Innit says its approach will be to provide consumers with maximum control over their personal information. Thousands of recipes at your fingertips sounds gooduntil you realize that you already have access to most, if not all of them, either through Pinterest, the publications websites, or their own apps. And anyone that uses the kitchen for more than just cooking may wonder if cameras in the ceiling are really such a great idea.

Still, in todays age of information sharing, when tracking everything from steps to menstrual cycles is just part of a daily routine, maybe the trade-offperfectly baked salmon, every single timeis worth it.

Source: Bloomberg
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