CES is the world’s largest consumer tech show attracting more than 175,000 attendees each January in Las Vegas.
This year, we saw big brands update their existing smart kitchen technology. LG and Samsung updated their smart fridges, both of which have built-in displays that allow you to browse the internet, watch TV, as well as suggesting recipes and meal plans!
The more exciting kitchen tech come from brand-new products, often from brands you may not have heard of. So, what are the highlights of CES for kitchen technology in 2020?
CookingPal Julia smart cooking system
Consisting of two parts, a hub and food processor, Julia makes the process of cooking a simple task for anyone.
The smart hub offers personalised dishes based on your preferences. It will then use artificial intelligence (AI) to develop this personalisation based on how you use the system and what food you have. If you are missing ingredients for something, you can order it direct from the Julia Hub.
The hub then guides you on what you need to do with the food processor, which can weigh, chop, whisk, knead, mix, steam and cook.
Moen Voice-Activated Smart Faucet
An Alexa-equipped kitchen tap sounds like it would be one of the most pointless gadgets of the year, but Moen has somehow made its voice-activated faucet sound useful.
Alexa control does more than just switch the tap on and off, you can tell it how much water you need, and at what temperature, and it'll dispense it on command. You can set up pre-sets, allowing you to have water to come out at a specific temperature each time. If you are not fond of shouting Alexa commands, there is a wave sensor, an old-fashioned handle, and of course, you can control it via an app.
Samsung Bot Chef
The Samsung Bot Chef is a piece of kitchen tech that we will unlikely see come to market, but it gives us a taste of what may happen in the future. The two white robot arms hang down from a set of kitchen cabinets and have six degrees of freedom, four main arm joints, and three fingers to pinch and hold various kitchen utensils.
Combining this with AI and voice control, the Bot Chef can chop, pour, and mix pre-prepared ingredients. It also can make coffee using a pod style coffee machine. You can download new skills allowing it to expand on its pre-set list of functions and the Bot Chef is designed to work alongside a person safely, even when they get in each other’s way!
Phyn Smart Water Assistant
This self-installed water monitor goes under a single sink, immediately notifying you if a leak is detected anywhere in your home and provides detailed insights into how each fixture in your home uses water.
The sensor can identify when ice crystals are forming in your pipes immediately notifying you allowing to avoid burst pipes.
Phyn works with services such as IFTTT which allows the system to integrate with other smart tech automation things like switching your water off when a significant leak is detected.
Matrix Juno Rapid Drinks Chiller
Matrix made a name for itself with its self-charging thermoelectric PowerWatch multi-sports watch, where it uses your body heat to power the device, never needing to charge manually.
It’s now taken this technology and applied it to a drink’s chiller. The Juno claims to be like a microwave for cooling, and it can rapidly chill wine, beer, coffee and more in under a minute.
With dimensions of 20cm 30cm x 41cm and a 7kg weight, it is not exactly small or discrete, and with an RRP of £306, you have to wonder who this will appeal to when fridges have been doing a perfectly good job for years. While the device itself has questionable appeal, the technology behind it is the standout feature.
Impossible Foods has been making headlines for the past year with their Impossible Burger 2.0, which was a frequent sell out at everywhere it has been sold. They have now followed this up with Impossible Pork. As the name suggests, this is a man-made pork substitute which consists of soy, heme, coconut and sunflower oils then methylcellulose, a food starch which binds everything together.
Impossible Pork is designed for kosher and halal certification, and it is not just for vegans and vegetarians. Impossible Foods hopes to shake up the food industry, allowing us to reduce our meat intake and improve our environmental footprint without sacrificing the taste and texture of eating meat (if you like to in the first place). Impossible Foods hasn't said yet when its plant-based pork will appear in restaurants or grocery stores.