SAG_Twitter_MEME_Coming_Feb17.jpgEat Your Heart Out, Jamie Oliver. The connected kitchen is coming and wannabe chefs will soon be able to use Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets and appliances to make cooking – and their lives - easier.

Moving on from the original Amazon Dash Button for the automatic ordering of goods, we now see cool stuff like shopping list devices - such as the Amazon Dash Scanner and Hiku – which allow you to dictate or scan your shopping list into them.

There are smart slow cooking pots and intelligent wine decanters, egg trays and jars that tell you when you are running low on things, and even a digital meat thermometer that plugs into your smart phone.

And, although some analysts think that IoT is not quite ready for take-off in retail (Planet Retail predicts it will be in 18-24 months), 97% of retailers nevertheless believe that it will have a dramatic effect over the next three years.

Your smart kitchen may be the beginning of the growing trend that is the connected home, and both will be a major part of IoT going forward. According to Business Insider Intelligence, by 2019 companies will ship 1.9 billion connected home devices, marking an estimated $490 billion in revenues.

Gartner predicts that by 2020, the connected kitchen will contribute “at least 15 percent savings in the food and beverage industry,” by leveraging data analytics.

Data is one of the major benefits of IoT getting into the home in this way. Soon there will be masses of data about consumer habits that can be collected.  The tricky part is how to harvest it.  In many ways Amazon has been doing this for years – making recommendations based on previous behavior.  The traditional retailers that win will be the ones who are able to capture and capitalize on this data to their own benefit.

Talking to your Things

As the connected kitchen enters reality, we will see conversational commerce abilities – where you can talk to devices to “program” them. This will be a precursor to Artificial Intelligence and then “cognitive commerce,” which will appear over the next few years in IoT devices. 

The more IoT Things you have, the more the integration of these things becomes a priority. Gadgets, speakers, lights, thermostats all come from different manufacturers and all have their own apps that control them. Then there are smart rules to be set to govern their behavior. The problem here is that there can be pushback from consumers who simply do not have the time or patience for this.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to click one button that turns on your lights, starts the oven and dials up the thermostat when you leave the office? Even better, these tasks could occur automatically when the app detects that you are within a certain distance from home.

Right now you would have to deal with multiple apps, many of which you have to program yourself. So, in future, retailers of IoT devices will also want to offer users a kind of “home hub” that can integrate disparate gadgets and make it easier to program them.

The kitchen of the future will turn famous chefs like Jamie Oliver pea green with envy. Until they get their own.


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