To those who like their kitchens to be
as technologically advanced as possible, Dacor is offering their new
ninth-gen Discovery 30” wall oven, which allows users to control
parameters through a Google Android app – an app that runs on the
oven's built-in 7” touchscreen display. Indeed, what may seem to be
at first glance an exercise in excess may turn into pure convenience
with the app, which Dacor calls Discovery IQ, allowing a number of
built-in features for cooking prowess even by amateurs, and WiFi
access for control of the oven through your smartphone.
Discovery IQ gives users things like
interactive cooking guides, which are pre-programmed for automated
cooking of a variety of dishes, as well as a recipe storage feature.
If that weren't enough, seemingly unrestricted access to the Google
Play storage and the internet allow for downloading and viewing of
other cooking-related applications and recipes.
The whole thing runs on a 1Ghz Samsung
CPU, 512MB of RAM, a PowerVR SGX 540 graphics core and Android 4.0.3,
meaning non-recipe-related apps can potentially be downloaded and run
properly as well. Can you imagine being hunched in front of the oven,
playing Angry Birds during an automated slow-roast?
Provided you have an Android phone (iOS
support coming in the summer), though, that will not be necessary, as
the Discovery IQ application apparently can be accessed remotely
through the oven's WiFi connectivity. Push notifications let one know
when their meal is done – or when there's been an error of some
sort. One could also set the Discovery oven to cook from another room
as well, though of course the oven does not automatically load food
on its own. That potential aspect of kitchen furniture is not within
our grasp just yet.
Hopefully the Dacor Discovery has
built-in safeguards for that unfortunate but surely inevitable time
when the Android controller freezes while cooking. All computers will
crash eventually, especially those managed by a multitasking-capable
operating system like Android. In any case, Dacor will be offering
its oven as a double-unit for $7499 and a single for $4499, both
available in three different finishes. A release date of this summer
is given, where kitchen appliance retailers in the US and
distributors in Canada and Mexico will offer the ovens for sale. (Via