A range of Bosch wall ovens will look to a smart kitchen scale company for software to connect your devices to each other and to your phone or tablet. Drop will provide software for the appliance manufacturer’s 8 series ovens that will adjust oven cooking times, temperature and humidity levels via Wi-Fi, based on the recipes you select through an app, he announced before . The integration will begin rolling out to existing 8 Series ovens in October.
“The oven will grow and improve as our software improves,” said Ben Harris, CEO and co-founder of Drop.
Drop has created a smart kitchen scale of the same name that connects to an iOS app that guides you step-by-step through a recipe based on the weight of ingredients. Now, Drop has focused on the software that powers the app – half of the app’s users don’t even have the scale, Harris said.
Manufacturers turn to software startups
Major appliance companies have spent the past few years adding connectivity such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Near Field Communication (NFC) to their products so that you can control some of their functionality from an app. on your phone.
The next challenge in creating a truly smart kitchen is to connect all of these appliances to communicate with each other. A central app could help you keep track of the food you have on hand, suggest meals based on that information, and cook those foods almost to perfection.
While some manufacturers have tried to build in-house software platforms, others are looking to tech startups to provide the software needed to tackle this Herculean task. Whirlpool announced earlier this year that it will include software from startup Innit in its Jenn-Air brand wall ovens that will walk you through recipes and cook at optimized settings.
These collaborations show that manufacturers have realized that it is better to outsource the intelligence of their connected devices to smaller companies, those that are solely dedicated to software, to turn the concept of a smart kitchen into reality.