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Forever the heart of the home, our kitchens now are transforming into the core of smart home technology, where artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and augmented reality will change and improve the way we live.

Of all appliances in our kitchens, it may be the oven -- the “hearth” of the home -- that will be among the most useful smart appliances we own.

What is a Smart Oven?

A smart oven is an electric range that uses Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to connect the device to an app on our phones so that we can control the oven remotely or set automatic functions. Some smart ovens also respond to voice commands and connect with voice-activated devices such as Alexa or Google Home.

Here is a sampling of the smart ovens available today:

  • From GE Appliances -- The Kitchen Hub smart kitchen and ventilation system, including AI and computer-aided vision to assist with meal planning and cooking, will be available at the end of 2020.
  • From Whirlpool -- Whirlpool introduced a new WiFi-connected Smart Range that lets you control your appliance from your phone. The oven’s cooking video tutorials from Yummly are a plus.
  • From Amazon -- The company announced one appliance with four functions -- microwave, convection oven, food warmer, and air fryer -- it calls the Smart Oven. And (no surprise here), it works with Alexa.
  • From June -- The June Oven is a ‘computer that cooks’ with 200+ professionally developed automatic programs.

Augment our Reality?

Smart ovens, like some smart refrigerators, soon may include screens that not only stream video but also augment reality, like the concept oven Whirlpool displayed at the 2019 CES.

“That piece of glass on your oven becomes a content display,” according to Michael Wolf, founder of the annual Smart Kitchen Summit and publisher of The Spoon newsletter. “Connectivity is necessary for this. And when we start to think about IoT and connectivity around this type of technology, you get some really interesting interactions.”

Ryan Herd, a representative for the National Kitchen & Bath Association, admits that many of the smart ovens available today are essentially “proof-of-concept” toys for early adopters. But perhaps, then, it’s a perfect time for manufacturers to begin to apply technology innovations that will enhance the heart -- and hearth -- of our homes.

Manufacturers can find out more about how to transform regular appliances into smart appliances, by contacting Ayla for a free consultation and to learn more about designing smart ovens using Ayla IoT platform services.