How Automation and Smart Technology are Leading the Way to Develop Smarter Kitchens

May 16, 2022

By: John Tomblin, Senior Solutions Architect
Tucson Bizz, a division of Sofvue, LLC
Printed with permission of Sofvue, LLC and the author

Can you imagine life without the modern stove and refrigerator? I can’t, but consider the advancements made since the 1820’s (for the first gas stove) and 1930’s (for the first refrigerator) and everything that followed. Today, you hear lots of words like Wi-Fi, “Smart Appliance” and “AI” relating to kitchen’s, and truth be told, the hype is real.

A kitchen appliance becomes “smart” when it becomes connected to a central control system, often times managed with Wi-Fi and Internet access, and can be controlled remotely or operated autonomously.

According to Statista, the global smart kitchen market was valued at $17.42 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow to $43.4 billion by 2027. That’s nearly a 250% growth over just the next six years. That said, let’s talk more about the role of automation and how technology is advancing in today’s modern kitchen.

What is a smart kitchen appliance?

A smart kitchen appliance is a device that you can connect, control, and manage using your smartphone or voice assistant (Google Home or Alexa). Most appliances are integrated with sensor technology, computing power, actuators, and communication capabilities like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.  Some advanced smart kitchen appliances even have artificial intelligence (AI) and automation capabilities that offer a better experience to users, such as automated control ordering where your refrigerator orders supplies without consulting you first, and the groceries arrive at your doorstep, or modern appliances like the Cuisinart Ice Cream maker that makes ice cream with the click of a single button.  Voila! -- ice cream anyone?

How is technology used to develop smart kitchen appliances?

As you’ve probably already guessed, all smart devices gather some form of data (temperature, vibration, actuator movement, visual detection, video, location, etc.) to gather and report needed information. The smart appliance uses the data to decide what to do next.

1. Coding

The first step to making a smart appliance is writing a code or logic that tells the device what to do and when. Smart devices gather a wide range of data, from when to turn off the stove to how many cartons of milk to order online at Walmart. Coding allows you to decide upon the action, defined and created through user scenario’s using sometimes very sophisticated algorithms.

2. Automation

Automation allows kitchen appliances to start performing tasks autonomously. Honestly, how many of us love to wake up each morning to the aromatic smell of freshly brewed coffee? There are multiple ways automation in the kitchen can help. For example, a smart oven lets you set the cook mode and time from your phone, and the automated cooking will do its work. Similarly, a coffee machine can automatically sense when a mug is in the tray and start pouring coffee. Automation is helping manufacturers enhance their product’s efficiency and reduce manual intervention to do desired tasks, which in turn is used to better market and sell appliances to consumers. Who doesn’t love the ability to walk up to your refrigerator and see a window appear showing all the contents inside, without opening the refrigerator door? Who doesn’t love that?

3. Mobile Apps

By now, you’ve probably already guessed that mobile is going to play an ever increasing role in the future of smart kitchens, and smart devices in general. Having the right mobile app allows you to control smart devices in your kitchen using your smartphone. For example, you can set the oven temperature, set the start time, decide what kind of coffee the coffee machine needs to brew, and order milk, all while sitting at your desk in your office, whether that’s down the hall or downtown. With the right concept that solves a fundamental problem, mobile technology, combined with the rich features of smart devices, make running the kitchen almost effortless.

At Tucson Bizz, we are experts at creating user-friendly and feature-rich mobile apps using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and automated technology. When you are looking for a software and mobile app development company in Tucson for your next great mobile project, choose Tucson Bizz, but don’t take our word for it. Call and ask us to send a list of letters of recommendation from our clients and customers right here in Tucson, and let our experience speak for itself.   

Final Thoughts

Technology is changing how we live. From smartphones to smart kitchen appliances, we’ve come a long way, but it seems like we have so much more that can be achieved. Artificial intelligence and automation will further enhance the capabilities of these appliances in the coming years. I can only imagine what the “smart” kitchen of 3022 might look like, but I sure hope it has something to do with my blinking once and appearing before me is a bowl of cherry ice cream -- with a cherry on top.

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